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Title: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on May 08, 2005, 12:31:10 PM
It's great being able to see what movies your all watching and what music you listen to.. as an avid reader I think it would be fun to know who's reading what. maybe get some recomendations.

I'm no chess player but I just finished

         
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Bobby Fischer Goes To War

 It's a fascinating account of the battle to be chess champion of the world 1972 between the American Fischer who was certainly some kinda nut, and the Russian champ Boris Spasky. Theres not too much heavy going chess analysis.. but a great insight into this titanic battle and an insight into a very different time.

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Billed as a battle between the liberal free thinker from the West against the regimented automaton from the East...The truth, as this book reminds us, was far different
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Brendan on May 08, 2005, 12:54:08 PM
I've been stuck on the same book for about four months now! I haven't had time to read it for any length of time. But that the summers come... I'll be able to find time considering I have a backlog of books (12 or so...) sitting on my shelf. ::)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Matt on May 08, 2005, 12:57:58 PM
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I'm really enjoying this one. It's a fascinating look at the personal friendship and rivalry that these two men shared before and after the 1960 election.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Christopher on May 08, 2005, 01:11:36 PM
The last book I read was Stephen King's On Writing, which I mentioned in the "favorite authors/books" thread.

I don't get to read a lot of books while I'm in classes, and I've still got another month of classes before summertime. A while back, I read part of Richard Matheson's A Stir of Echoes, but really couldn't finish it because of classes, so that's one I'd like to get back to. I've had I Am Legend sitting around too for a while, waiting to be read. Then, I have some books from Ray Bradbury that I've been wanting to read, Fahrenheit 451 and Let's All Kill Constance. And I have several Richard Laymon novels I want to read over the summer as well: Blood Games, Night in the Lonesome October, Island, One Rainy Night, etc. And Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear it Away.

But I suppose this belongs in the "books I will soon be reading" thread. :D ;)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: KC on May 08, 2005, 02:03:23 PM
It's a pity that your classes are interfering with your education, Christopher!  (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/Lol.GIF)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on May 08, 2005, 02:31:42 PM
Great thread Gant, I was thinking one like this would be good.


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I can hardly put this one down.  It's the story of Kim Phuc, the  little girl burnt by napalm in Vietnam in 1972.  The book also covers a lot of details about the war from the 50's onwards, and of life after the war under the Communists.  It's so interesting to see events from the perspective of a normal southern Vietnamese family that got caught up in the conflicts.  Kim Phuc now lives in Canada and has a child of her own.  Her resolve is inspirational.


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Great anecdotes from one of my favourite American broadcast journalists.  Interesting perspective on how times, and TV, have changed.  Comes with a great CD-ROM with brilliant old footage.

Gant and Matt, both your books sound good. 8)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on May 08, 2005, 02:34:53 PM
Hey Gant that's a cool thread, very good idea  O0

I'm an avid reader too -read just about anything, I love books, just can't imagine my life without at least ONE good book  ;)  :D

Here's what I'm reading right now, haven't finished yet -yeah I know that's 4 at once  :D

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Clint Eastwood - A Biography, by R. Schickel
O0

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The Jordan Rules - The inside story of a turbulent season with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, by Sam Smith
I used to support the Bulls, that is when they won  ;D, and I really LOVED MJ, but well reading this book, I came to see him in a completely different light: selfish, show off ... basically he was not a team player, and well the Bulls weren't really a team. It was all for him and nothing for the others. HE got the balls (and got really angry when he didn't), HE scored ...

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The 9/11 Commission Report
Informative.
Some people REALLY messed up that day  :-\
If you wanna know what happened and what went wrong ...

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Forensics for Dummies
:D
VERY cool book. Interesting, especially if you wanna know how CSI teams work, that is collecting evidence, establishing time of death, perform autopsies, fingerprints, DNA ... :o ;D
It's funny, easy to understand ... good for your general knowledge, always good to know these things  ;)



Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: [email protected] on May 08, 2005, 03:40:44 PM
This one...funny, interesting  O0

The story of my childhood hero...behind the scenes, info about the guest villians, and how playing Batman has affected West

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Matt on May 08, 2005, 04:20:38 PM

Forensics for Dummies

VERY cool book. Interesting, especially if you wanna know how CSI teams work, that is collecting evidence, establishing time of death, perform autopsies, fingerprints, DNA ... :o ;D

I just read a good book that you may enjoy if you like that one:

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The author's a little full of himself, but it was an interesting book nonetheless.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Christopher on May 09, 2005, 07:10:28 AM
I used to support the Bulls, that is when they won  ;D, and I really LOVED MJ, but well reading this book, I came to see him in a completely different light: selfish, show off ... basically he was not a team player, and well the Bulls weren't really a team. It was all for him and nothing for the others. HE got the balls (and got really angry when he didn't), HE scored ...
I don't think I buy that. Yeah, all great basketball players have to be a little selfish. That's how they score lots of points. But that Bulls team was great that was around Jordan, and that's why they won 6 championships in the 90s. Teams that don't work together won't win championships. That's a fact.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Christopher on May 09, 2005, 07:15:38 AM
It's a pity that your classes are interfering with your education, Christopher!  (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/Lol.GIF)
In a way, that might be right. ;D

But I have been reading a lot of short stories that are class related. ;)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Sylvie on May 09, 2005, 08:02:24 AM
 :) I've just ended "War of Worlds" by Wells.

I had ever read it when I was a teenager, but I wanted to remind the whole story before the Spielberg movie that will be  on screen in July in France.

And I'm now reading the French last Goncourt prize "Le soleil des Scorta" by Laurent Gaudé. The story takes place in south Italy, from 1870 to today, and it describes the poor life of an entire family from generation to generation. It's not a dark novel, it's full of humanism . I like it ! :)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on May 09, 2005, 12:47:45 PM
Excellent timing... I'm gonna read War Of THe Worlds next.. ahead of the movie..

I'm also half way through a great book.. Hip..The History by John Leland. A great read for anyone interested in the roots of counterculture.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Dannyman on May 09, 2005, 06:34:25 PM
A few weeks ago I finished reading "Of Mice And Men" and "The Old Man and The Sea"

I'm currently reading:

"The Making of a Cop" by Harvey Rachlin

"The Lady In The Lake" by Raymond Chandler
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"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
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and lastly, I'm reading a Dirty Harry book by Dane Hartman  ;D

"The Long Death"

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on May 09, 2005, 07:10:15 PM
"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

Great. O0  Keep meaning to see the film.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Dannyman on May 09, 2005, 07:42:33 PM
Great. O0  Keep meaning to see the film.

I was surprised at how well the movie portrays the book. Usually they chop up the story in the transition from book to movie, but they did a great job with TKAM. It's a good movie.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Matt on May 09, 2005, 07:49:50 PM
I agree. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those rare films that lives up to the book.  The performances are fantastic all around--it's my favorite Gregory Peck performance, and Mary Badham as "Scout" was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the age of only 10 years old! And look for Robert Duvall in his very first movie role as Boo Radley. (http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/boardsmile.gif)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on May 09, 2005, 08:00:47 PM
Wow I didn't know it had Duvall.  8) 8)  Another reason to see it.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Matt on May 09, 2005, 08:08:48 PM
Can we put a request in to Holden Pike for a "Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread"? (http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/boardgrin.gif)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 10, 2005, 05:03:28 AM
I have just finished reading Clint Eastwood. Interviews.  Excellent!!    One I will dip into again and again.   
Now I am reading A Dark Devotion by Clare Francis.  On the back the Daily Telegraph comments....."At once we are in Ruth Rendell territory: an eerie setting, a web of adultery, deceit, near murderous envy and cordial detestation....a kind of East Anglian Rebecca"   So far (page 207 of 486)  I quite agree. O0
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Phantomstranger on May 10, 2005, 07:20:08 PM
I usually have a couple of books going at the same time, here's the latest one's I've finished

Cowboy:How Hollywood Created The Wild West
Star Trek:The Last Round Up
The Secret Of Bigfoot Pass (an old Six Million Dollar Man Novel)
Alias: Infliltration
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: KC on May 10, 2005, 09:59:05 PM
I have just finished reading Clint Eastwood. Interviews.  Excellent!!    One I will dip into again and again.   

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: bito on May 10, 2005, 11:19:38 PM

I read just now  Clint Eastwood by Richard Schickel it's good  :)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on May 11, 2005, 12:07:34 PM
I don't think I buy that. Yeah, all great basketball players have to be a little selfish. That's how they score lots of points. But that Bulls team was great that was around Jordan, and that's why they won 6 championships in the 90s. Teams that don't work together won't win championships. That's a fact.
Yeah you're right about that, but the thing is they had a great coach.
And yeah the team was great, but all the players didn't always get the opportunity to play their best basketball, mostly because of MJ.
Plus there were a lot of conflicts.
Jordan's behavior really disappoints me ... I didn't know he was like that >:( As always when you admire someone you tend to see only his/her qualities ...
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on May 11, 2005, 12:17:07 PM
I agree. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those rare films that lives up to the book.  The performances are fantastic all around--it's my favorite Gregory Peck performance, and Mary Badham as "Scout" was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the age of only 10 years old! And look for Robert Duvall in his very first movie role as Boo Radley. (http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/boardsmile.gif)
I've never seen the movie, but I loved the book  O0
I like Gregory Peck. I'll have to buy it someday...


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I have just finished reading Clint Eastwood. Interviews.  Excellent!!
Yeah great job KC (and Mr. Kapsis)  8) O0 O0

and lastly, I'm reading a Dirty Harry book by Dane Hartman ;D

"The Long Death"

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How is it ?

I have Dealer of Death (DH#12), but haven't read it yet...
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Doug on May 11, 2005, 12:46:24 PM
Yeah you're right about that, but the thing is they had a great coach.
And yeah the team was great, but all the players didn't always get the opportunity to play their best basketball, mostly because of MJ.
Plus there were a lot of conflicts.
Jordan's behavior really disappoints me ... I didn't know he was like that >:( As always when you admire someone you tend to see only his/her qualities ...

I'm familiar with the book, though I haven't read it straight through. 

If you believe that...

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And yeah the team was great, but all the players didn't always get the opportunity to play their best basketball, mostly because of MJ.

... then you never really followed the Bulls during their run.  Both the first three championships or the second three.  The biggest example is Pippin ... who was honored as one of the top 50 players of all-time, an honor I argue he would have achieved had he not been Jordan's team mate.   

As for....

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Yeah you're right about that, but the thing is they had a great coach.

... there's no denying that -- because Jordan did a lot of his dirty work for him.  I'm not saying that in a bad way.  But Jackson never had to do a lot of "motivating," because Jordan was there to do it for him.  Jackson is a laid back, "technical" kind of coach.  He's brilliant at drawing up the plays ... and his other strength is letting the players form their own heirarchy.  With the Bulls, Jordan did most of the work for him, he just had to have the plan in place.  With the Lakers, he provided that extra little push to get them to win championships, but when Kobe and Shaq stopped providing the extra work, the team fell apart.  As Jackson's record shows with the Lakers, he was not able to consistently make the Lakers perform -- they were best when it was on the line, i.e. the playoffs.  Because then Kobe and Shaq could focus on their one goal, to win the championship.  It was because of Jordan that the Bulls could win 72 games during the regular season. 

Jordan ranks easily among the top three basketball players of all time (with Chamberlain and Robertson) and overall has done more for basketball than player ever has done or ever will do.  His faults were also his strengths.  If he was selfish as a player (debatable!), it was because he was absolutely the best player there was in taking the last shot.  (But it was his call to pass the ball to Kerr, who made the biggest shot of his life.)   

Not too unsimilar criticisms have been thrown at Clint Eastwood, but it's too easy to be a naysayer when you don't want to admit this person is special....
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on May 11, 2005, 01:37:28 PM
Hey I loved the guy, and still do.

To me he is THE best basketball player of all time  ;)

He was (and still is) special to me ... this guy is an ET ! He comes from an other planet (just like I think Eastwood does -maybe they come from the same  ;D :D)

I'm no naysayer, but this book opened my eyes (and I'm not saying that everything that was written in it is true ...)
Jordan could be very judgmental with his teammates. That's one thing that really disappoints me.

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... then you never really followed the Bulls during their run.  Both the first three championships or the second three.
Well, considering that I was only 8 in 1991 ... :-\
But I made up for lost time after that  ;)

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The biggest example is Pippin ... who was honored as one of the top 50 players of all-time, an honor I argue he would have achieved had he not been Jordan's team mate.
Of course he would have.
I was not only referring to Pippen though ... maybe you should give the book an other read then, you'll see that other players were complaining about MJ (Grant for instance), complaining that because of him they couldn't play their best basketball ... which doesn't mean that they were not good players, just that they couldn't always  "express" themselves on the court.

ANYWAY
;)

Has anyone read the Dirty Harry novels ? - I mean not DH, Sudden Impact ... but the 12 others.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Dannyman on May 11, 2005, 07:45:21 PM
How is it ?

I have Dealer of Death (DH#12), but haven't read it yet...

I am on the last couple of chapters right now. So far it's been a good read, some of the DH books are a drag to read. This one re-introdces Big Ed Mustapha. Their also a love interest between Harry and a Sergeant that he is working with on a case.

The other DH book I read that I really liked was Family Skeltons. In this one we are introuced to some of Harry's relative: his niece and sister who live in Boston. He helps the police with a serial killer/rapist.





Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: gimpy on May 11, 2005, 11:39:42 PM
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
They all say that the novel is always better than the movie, but in this case I thought the movie was better. Even though I thought the novel was very good, it was way TOO DESCRIPTIVE which makes the progression of the story go way too slow. But I still recommend both the novel and especially the movie.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Doug on May 12, 2005, 04:14:22 AM
Hey I loved the guy, and still do.

To me he is THE best basketball player of all time  ;)

He was (and still is) special to me ...

Ah, good.  It almost sounded like you respected him less as a player because of this one book.  Which was written after the Bulls first championship.  The author had no way of knowing this wasn't a fluke, and that they would go on to win a total of 6 championships. 

And if the book makes the argument that Jordan impeded his teammates from being the best basketball players they could be, then the author is wrong.  He made everybody on the team better, by being a role model/leader, motivator, and teacher.  (And for doing a lot of Jackson's "dirty work," when it came to criticizing players.)  Grant's dissatisfaction with his time with the Bulls is fairly well known, and if true, then it says more about him than it does Jordan -- I guess winning championships wasn't good enough for Grant.  And it should be noted that Grant's stats went down when he went to Orlando (though they were up the year after Jordan's first retirement, but so what.).  Pippen absolutely benefited from having Jordan as his teammate.  He might have been able to score more points on another team, and his defense was always awesome, but his overall game would not have been anywhere near as good. 

Someday, I may check it out from the library.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on May 12, 2005, 01:48:43 PM
He made everybody on the team better, by being a role model/leader, motivator, and teacher.
Yeah, that he was, no doubt about it.
But some players in the team often said that they were fed up playing "Michaelball" (understand basketball)  ;D ;D
WOW I learned a new word :D


I read The Dealer of Death today (Dirty Harry series #12)

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Basically, it's about a man Callahan sent to jail some years ago, he escapes, steals Harry's 44 Magnum and starts killing folks (Harry's enemies actually) with it ... which is not good for the image of the  Police Dept  ;)

Good read
Only drawback to me is that it is mostly focused on the killer, his thoughts ... and not enough on Harry.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: masterchief on May 12, 2005, 01:55:28 PM
Nineteen Eighty-Four - Geogre Orwell
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Animal Farm - George Orwell
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The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
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And I'm reading at the minute...
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: KC on May 12, 2005, 04:26:19 PM
And I'm reading at the minute...
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
(http://www.fourth-millennium.net/space-exploration/war-of-the-worlds-cover-sm.JPG)

Are you reading the book, or the Classics Comic?  ;)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: gimpy on May 12, 2005, 05:08:58 PM
Animal Farm is one of my favorite books of all time.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on May 12, 2005, 11:47:05 PM
Did you enjoy The Da Vinci Code masterchief ? I havn't but I have read somewhere that the authors claims that a lot of it is true have been rubished.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: little_bill on May 13, 2005, 04:47:53 AM
most of the claims have been rubbished gant, tony"baldrick"robinson, did and hour long special about 2 months ago where a team delved into the book and tried to sort it out, the conclusion at the end was after many travels and hours of research was that it was BS.
i couldn't read it myself got bored after about 200 pages. i can't read fiction,it's too boring, true life is far more entertaining.
i just finished a book aby russell vorpagel on e of the first ever profilers in the FBI, it's an  interesting read.
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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Dannyman on May 13, 2005, 01:56:56 PM
I just finished the Dirty Harry book.

I'm going to start The Crucible this weekend.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Christopher on May 13, 2005, 04:14:25 PM
I read The Dealer of Death today (Dirty Harry series #12)
You read the whole thing in a day? How long are the books?
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Dannyman on May 13, 2005, 07:04:53 PM
Each Dirty harry novel is about 150 pages long.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: masterchief on May 15, 2005, 07:53:15 AM
Are you reading the book, or the Classics Comic?  ;)

The book, I'm finding it quite boring though. I think I'll sit down with it tonight and try and get back into it.

Animal Farm is one of my favorite books of all time.

Mine too.

Did you enjoy The Da Vinci Code masterchief ? I havn't but I have read somewhere that the authors claims that a lot of it is true have been rubished.

I loved it, but It is a work of fiction although it is based on facts. I agree with the statement that some things that Brown claims are true, are in fact, rubbish.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 15, 2005, 08:25:43 AM
I re-read Moonfleet yesterday and this morning.

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 This was the very first book I read as a child aged 7 and I have never forgotten it.  It started me reading.   The story is of smugglers and fishermen on the Dorset coast in the UK. There is such a place as Moonfleet only the name has been changed a little.  You can stay in Moonfleet Manor Hotel in Fleet near Weymouth Dorset.  The hero is 15 year old John Trenchard.  J. Meade Falkner takes you right into Trenchard's world and you can 'feel' his fear and excitement.  I owe the author a lot for setting me on the road to writing.   Yes it is a kids book but there is plenty in to for adults too.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on May 15, 2005, 10:17:07 AM
You read the whole thing in a day? How long are the books?
;D This one is 221 pages long

I started War of The Worlds today.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on May 15, 2005, 10:45:14 AM
This was the very first book I read as a child aged 7 and I have never forgotten it.  It started me reading.   The story is of smugglers and fishermen on the Dorset coast in the UK. There is such a place as Moonfleet only the name has been changed a little.  You can stay in Moonfleet Manor Hotel in Fleet near Weymouth Dorset.  The hero is 15 year old John Trenchard.  J. Meade Falkner takes you right into Trenchard's world and you can 'feel' his fear and excitement.  I owe the author a lot for setting me on the road to writing.   Yes it is a kids book but there is plenty in to for adults too.

Cool Lin. 8)  I don't know that one but will look out for it now.  I love those special books that came alive for you as a kid, and made a real impact.  I liked stories about boats, the seaside and smuggling too (and was lucky to spend many hours roaming freely on the Norfolk coast).  I've found a lot of good books as an adult, but it seems that none of them enchant me in the way that some special ones did when I was young.  Your description of what this book did for you reminds me of a book called Kine by A.R. Lloyd.  It blew me away when I was 10.  It's still a good book for adults, but I don't know if reading it for the first time now would be the same.  There's an indefinable point, somewhere between childhood and full adulthood, when you stop getting that special sparkle...there'll always be wonderful things to read - more than we can ever manage - but being transported to another world as a kid is unique to that age, I think.

Makes you want to share those special books with today's kids.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 15, 2005, 11:24:51 PM

Makes you want to share those special books with today's kids.

I suppose todays kids will want to share Harry Potter with the next generation!    I have to admit I like Harry Potter. SSSHH don't tell anyone!    Moonfleet is on the lines of Kidnapped and even as an adult I still loved it.    I remember we read it as a class and I was the only girl who read it the others had somebody in a boarding school with horses but I opted for Moonfleet because I thought it would be more exciting.  I'm glad I chose it as it changed my life.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on May 16, 2005, 12:00:27 PM
I remember reading Moonfleet at school.. Great book.
Can't get on with the Harry Potter books.. I just find them boring tho' I still enjoy reading Roald Dahl on occasion... At the moment I'm also re-reading Treasure Island which is still a great read.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: little_bill on May 16, 2005, 03:15:38 PM
Reading tv guide
wRiting to tv guide and
Renewing  tv guide

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on May 16, 2005, 03:58:55 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Phantomstranger on May 17, 2005, 06:03:04 PM
Comanche Moon
Voyage Th The Bottom Of The Sea
Tex: The Lonesome Stranger
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 21, 2005, 08:26:06 AM
I have nearly finished reading The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst.   I have read it before but I am writing a talk and article on lighthouses so felt I needed a reminder.   The Stevensons are the major lighthouse designers and builders in the UK and Robert Louis Stevenson is a grandchild of that family.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on May 24, 2005, 09:53:29 AM
I finished reading War Of The Worlds last week.


I also started and finished reading (today) The Last Juror by John Grisham.

This one is not his usual stuff about lawyers and lawyers and lawyers ... of course it's John Grisham so there has to be lawyers somewhere  ;)

It takes place in Clanton, Mississippi.
It's about 23-year-old "journalist" Willie Traynor (he's a college drop-out) who in the early 70's decides to buy The Ford County Times, which went bankrupt.
Apart from obituaries, nothing very interesting to write about ... until the rape and murder of a young mother by the son of the notorious, corrupted, and feared Padgitt family.
The life of the small and peaceful community of Clanton will be forever changed by this terrible event ...
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Conan on May 24, 2005, 06:34:02 PM
  I'm averaging about one book a month. 

  Finally finished one called "Evil Men", its about the worst dictators of all time.  It was decent, though not exactly a "feel good" read.

  I recently gave up on a book, for the first time in my life.  Its called "Ticking Along With the Swiss" and is drop dead boring and poorly written.  I'm going to vacation in Switzerland for a week in early June - paid for air with miles and staying with the friend, so its on the cheap.  Anyway, I was told to read the book to get an idea of the place.  The book is a series of mostly pointless stories that I hope are not indicative of Switzerland.

  Pretty soon I'll be starting a book called "Vernon God Little".  It was on GQ's 100 best things in the world list a few years ago - whatever that means.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Brendan on May 24, 2005, 08:18:02 PM
I picked up the BFI Modern Classcis book on Unforgiven today. I just started the BFI one on i[]Heat[/i] and I'm really enjoying it, so I hope the Unforgiven one is just as informative and good.  O0
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: dane with no name on May 31, 2005, 05:38:12 PM
Just finished reading The Da Vinci code by Dan Brown.

This book has been hailed as one of the best books written in a long time. Hollywood is already on  its case with Tom Hanks and Jean Reno already signed in and the vatican is close to condemning the book...
 
Honestly i cant see what all the fuss about this book is about. ???
Sure, it´s a good book, but it dont really knock my socks off. 
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: little_bill on June 01, 2005, 07:56:07 AM
got that right, i quit the book halfway through, it was a little boring for me.
i started rereading the exorcist last night, scary book. i went to sleep with the lights on.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on June 01, 2005, 05:19:31 PM
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I don't read as much fiction as I'd like, but I really enjoyed this one.  It's very quirky.  Tom Robbins has an incredible imagination, but despite parts of the story being "far out", it's all somehow believable, and he ties the fantastical parts in with modern reality very cleverly.  A fun read, and interesting style. O0

I sailed to Robbins' home town of La Conner in Washington State, and somehow his writing reminds me of there - he's clearly absorbed his Pacific Northwest surroundings. 8)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: gimpy on June 01, 2005, 06:47:21 PM
i started rereading the exorcist last night, scary book. i went to sleep with the lights on.

Didn't even go to sleep after I read it  ;D
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Jaffe on June 07, 2005, 08:00:53 AM
Right now I´m reading Stalker by Faye Kellerman... I have wondered for a while now why they haven´t made any films based on her books, they´re absolutely brilliant crime stories. Maybe she won´t sell the rights.  ???
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on July 14, 2005, 05:18:14 AM
On a great book at the moment...

Quote
Death and the Sun..a matador's season in the heart of Spain

by Edward Lewine.

Although I've been to Spain many times I've never managed to get to see a bullfight and have wanted to since reading Hemingways Death In The Afternoon at college.

Death in the Sun is a great book detailing the public and private life of Francisco Rivera Ordonez... Spains most infamous matador. Detailing the rituals, the risks and the stage fright that all come as part and parcel of his career... A great read and very unusual travel memoir.

Do we have any Spanish members here who've been to the fights or heard of Ordonez ?
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: vik on July 14, 2005, 11:27:20 AM
bill bryson - a short history of nearly everything

and i'm a stranger here myself

good beach reading
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on July 14, 2005, 11:31:09 AM
Cool Gant, sounds interesting.

Funny you should mention Spain, because last night I finished reading The Assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca by Ian Gibson.  It's a fantastic piece of detailed research, and a great insight into a too often overlooked time in Europe's history.

The book is out of print now, but I think parts have been incorporated into Gibson's biography Federico Garcia Lorca.

I knew little about the Spanish Civil War, but the book gives plenty of background, so you get an understanding of what it was like in Spain in the 30s.  I was much more affected by it than I expected to be.  Reading the details of how so much potential was stifled was quite sickening.  Enlightening for anyone who wonders how totalitarianism can take hold of a state.

This book is extra special for me because it's one of the few reminders I have of my dad, who was missing in Spain before he died (of natural causes - in case that sounds mysterious!).  This was his copy and it was fun to decipher his annotations in the margins and try to understand what he was thinking. 8)

I'm now reading a translation of three of Lorca's most well-known plays. O0

bill bryson - a short history of nearly everything

and i'm a stranger here myself

good beach reading


Cool vik.  I like Bill Bryson, haven't read that one, but enjoyed his U.S. travel books. 8)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on July 26, 2005, 05:15:27 PM
I'm now reading a translation of three of Lorca's most well-known plays. O0

They were Blood Wedding, Yerma, and The House of Bernarda Alba.  Anyone seen them performed on stage?  I enjoyed reading them in English but it would be great to hear how they sound in the original Spanish.

All the references to Catholicism put me in the mood for another book that has been sitting on my shelf for a while, Graham Greene's The Power and The Glory.

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I loved it. O0  It is only the second of his books that I've read, and I am now a confirmed Greene fan.  The first was The Quiet American, which I loved too.  I think The Power and the Glory has a more immediately compelling plot, and it's very readable, but at the same time delves quite deeply into religious thought.  I look back over The Quiet American when I want something more contemplative.  The story is equally fascinating, but in a different way.  Both books have such richly drawn characters, and transport you to Vietnam or Mexico.  Now looking forward to reading some more.  Any other Greene fans here? (http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/boardcheesy.gif)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: gimpy on July 26, 2005, 06:15:28 PM
Hamlet
&
Pride and Prejudice (Boringest book ever)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on August 05, 2005, 07:00:06 AM
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Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue
Spalding Gray

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1595800042.01.THUMBZZZ.jpg)
The Bad Driver's Handbook: Hundreds of Simple Maneuvers to Frustrate, Annoy, and Endanger Those Around You
Zack & Larry Arnstein

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The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
George Saunders
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Sylvie on August 05, 2005, 10:36:40 AM
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French translation of "What I loved" , by Siri Husvedt.

And I've just begun another one of her novels, "The Blindfold"

I didn't know this writer until I read an article about this woman, a few months ago.
She's Paul Auster's wife, and as he's one of my favorite authors, I've wanted to read her books.
And I'm not disappointed ! The world she describes is strange sometimes, but fascinating too, and the links between people she talks about are strong and full of hesitations, regrets and love, loss of love ... 
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 05, 2005, 10:38:46 AM
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on August 05, 2005, 12:27:19 PM
Quote from: Sylvie
French translation of "What I loved" , by Siri Husvedt.

And I've just begun another one of her novels, "The Blindfold"

I didn't know this writer until I read an article about this woman, a few months ago.
She's Paul Auster's wife, and as he's one of my favorite authors, I've wanted to read her books.

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Hey, by coincidence I also picked up The Blindfold recently, also because I'm a huge Auster fan. It's near the top of my to-read pile, and now I'm looking forward to it even more.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on August 08, 2005, 02:18:57 PM
Hamlet
I love Shakespeare  O0

Macbeth, Othello ... great plays  8)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on August 12, 2005, 11:37:35 AM
Next up... Flags of our Fathers...
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on August 16, 2005, 06:41:12 AM
Continuing with great 20th century authors that have hitherto passed me by, :-[ I started reading Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.  I was enjoying it after 50 pages, but then felt like a break from the war and strife that I seem to end up reading about at the moment.  So I picked up Old School by Tobias Wolff.

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I heard it mentioned on Radio 4's A Good Read, and made a mental note of it.  Then, when I went to the library it was the first thing my eyes fell on, and I decided something was telling me to read it. (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/boardgrin.gif)

I loved it. 8)  It's a fast read and was a nice break from heavier stuff, but it is nevertheless a very thoughtful book, and I am still wondering about the ending.  Anyone else read it?  I am really impressed by the author, and gather This Boy's Life was made into a good movie too. 8)

It's about a boy at an American private boarding school in the 60's, and is sort of a literary coming-of-age tale.  The boys at the school get to compete to have private audiences with great visiting writers, including Hemingway himself, and these contests form the backdrop to a pleasant character study of boys and teachers, and what becomes of them when they leave the secure world of the boarding school.

I think most people will enjoy this book, but if like myself, you have been to boarding school, and especially if you were in love with your school and the wonderful life that can never be replicated outside - like me (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/boardgrin.gif) - you will find it particularly resonant. 8) O0

Now back on For Whom The Bell Tolls, and it is compelling so far. 8)

(P.S. I am not a toff! :P ;D)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Christopher on August 16, 2005, 02:39:58 PM
Since I posted on the first page of this thread about all the books I'd soon be reading, I'll list what I have read this summer so far. I've had the whole summer for reading, so I hope I can remember them all.

The various authors:

Richard Laymon: Island, Blood Games, Night in the Lonesome October, One Rainy Night, Among the Missing, Darkness Tell Us, Resurrection Dreams, Come Out Tonight

Richard Matheson: A Stir of Echoes, I Am Legend, Shadow on the Sun

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451, Let's All Kill Constance

R.L. Stine: The Sitter, Superstitious

Stephen King: 'Salem's Lot

Flannery O'Connor: The Violent Bear it Away

Bentley Little: The Resort

Charles Webb: The Graduate

And currently reading Graeme Hague's Missing Pieces
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: KC on August 16, 2005, 08:35:43 PM
Christopher, you are obviously not spending enough time hanging out on the Internet!  :o
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Brendan on August 16, 2005, 09:56:06 PM
I finaly finished the book I had been reading for about five months about two months ago only to start another book and get stuck with it... ah geeze! I really have to get back into the reading frenzy that I was in about three years ago. I read so many books (for me) it was ridiculous. I have too many books sitting on my shelf that I have to get to.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Conan on August 16, 2005, 11:14:08 PM
  I'm in the middle of Richard Marcinko's "Vengeance".  I recently finished a Sun Tzu type of book called "The Art of Spycraft."
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Christopher on August 17, 2005, 06:15:08 AM
Christopher, you are obviously not spending enough time hanging out on the Internet!  :o
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Circumstances have been a little different this summer than they've been in the past, so I've tried to take advantage of it.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Conan on August 17, 2005, 06:37:15 AM
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Circumstances have been a little different this summer than they've been in the past, so I've tried to take advantage of it.

  Your ISP banned those Lindsay Lohan websites again?

 8)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Christopher on August 17, 2005, 02:12:12 PM
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Shhhh... ;)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: vik on August 19, 2005, 03:07:27 AM
in case anyone is on their way to san fransisco


sites of 41 movies

http://www.canada.com/travel/story.html?id=12851c29-f862-4fca-8975-70e258944c34
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on August 19, 2005, 05:03:21 AM
Just finished Flags of our Fathers.. Brilliant read.

next up...... a bio of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: little_bill on August 19, 2005, 03:30:20 PM
Build your own Database driven website using PHP and MySQL
handy way to teach yourself PHP from the begining
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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on August 19, 2005, 11:26:01 PM
Build your own Database driven website using PHP and MySQL
handy way to teach yourself PHP from the begining
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I am so waiting for the movie on that one. I hear they have Angelina Jolie signed to play MySQL, and they're talking to Sam Jackson about PHP. George Lucas will direct, of course.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on August 21, 2005, 12:05:08 PM
Hey, that's cool little bill!  Have fun. (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/boardgrin.gif)  I started on a Perl book but have got sidetracked. ::)

in case anyone is on their way to san fransisco


sites of 41 movies

http://www.canada.com/travel/story.html?id=12851c29-f862-4fca-8975-70e258944c34

 8) Are you planning a trip, vik?

next up...... a bio of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Nice one Gant.  I'd like to know more about him.  I like some of his stuff.  For years as a kid I wondered who was that mysterious guy mentioned in the Simon & Garfunkel song, and when I eventually looked him up I was impressed.  Good song too. 8)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on August 21, 2005, 12:10:54 PM
Now you've got me Lilly.. whats the song...
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on August 21, 2005, 12:23:40 PM
 :) The song is So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright, from the 1970 album, Bridge Over Troubled Water.  The story is that Art Garfunkel dared Paul Simon to write a song about the architect. 8)

Lyrics:

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So long, Frank Lloyd Wright.
I can’t believe your song is gone so soon.
I barely learned the tune
So soon
So soon.

I’ll remember Frank Lloyd Wright.
All of the nights we’d harmonize till dawn.
I never laughed so long
So long
So long.

Chorus
Architects may come and
Architects may go and
Never change your point of view.
When I run dry
I stop awhile and think of you

So long, Frank Lloyd Wright
All of the nights we’d harmonize till dawn.
I never laughed so long
So long
So long.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: vik on August 21, 2005, 12:26:18 PM
no lilly - although i think sf would be a nice place to visit

its always handy to know of books though if you are travelling
maybe someone will go and give us feed back on the books


i remember someone putting me on to lonely planet books when they first came out - they are really good for links etc especially for accomodation
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lilly on August 21, 2005, 12:30:45 PM
Yeah, I'd love to go. 8)  Aye, Lonely Planet books are very handy.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: KC on August 21, 2005, 12:33:37 PM
I am so waiting for the movie on that one. I hear they have Angelina Jolie signed to play MySQL, and they're talking to Sam Jackson about PHP. George Lucas will direct, of course.
I see it as a musical!  (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/Lol.GIF)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on August 21, 2005, 12:34:10 PM
Thanks Lilly.. I've never heard it.... Gonna have to check it out now.. ;)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Chessie on August 22, 2005, 05:46:41 PM
I just finished Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.  It was really good.  Totally different from the movie, but it was wonderful. 

I'm reading Porno now, the sequel to Trainspotting, it's very good. 

I recommend them both.   ;D
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Hemlock on August 26, 2005, 12:58:05 PM
Last book that I read(about month ago)was Iron Maiden`s history-Run to The Hills by Mick Wall.

Really enjoyable book.If you`re into Maiden`s music you should read this book.

Now I´m reading Lee Child`s Tripwire.

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: gimpy on August 26, 2005, 10:45:00 PM
I just finished Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.  It was really good.  Totally different from the movie, but it was wonderful. 

I'm reading Porno now, the sequel to Trainspotting, it's very good. 

I recommend them both.   ;D
I read a little bit of Trainspotting a while back, but can you please explain to me why the sequel is called Porno?  ;D I'm sure it would be good just like the original, but is there a significant factor in Porno and why how that name was even suggested? It just sounds a bit bizzare and hilarious, but also interesting at the same time. Thanks for sharing anyways!
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Chessie on August 26, 2005, 11:00:55 PM
Yeah I can explain why Porno is called Porno.

Sick Boy gets involved in doing stag films.  Which are Porno.  So it's about Sick Boy, another girl - Nikki, and Renton making porno's.  Spud and Begbie are still hopping around too, raising hell like they always do.  So that's why.   ;D  Dianne comes back into the picture as well, gotta love her.   ;)

It's really good.  It's mostly from Sick Boys POV instead of Renton.  Though Renton is still an active player in all the action.   ;)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Sylvie on August 29, 2005, 06:52:58 AM
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A very BIG book, I couldn't have believe it possible to be so interested by this kind of book, full of details ;  this novel takes place in London, in the 1850's, and describes the "good" society and of course the "bad" (or which is supposed to be bad ...).
Maybe someone else here had already read it ? :)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on September 18, 2005, 11:24:54 AM
I picked up the BFI Modern Classcis book on Unforgiven today.
I received mine in the mail a few days ago, haven't found time to read it yet.

How is/was it ?  :)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Matt on September 18, 2005, 11:57:47 AM
Christopher, you are obviously not spending enough time hanging out on the Internet!  :o


Circumstances have been a little different this summer than they've been in the past, so I've tried to take advantage of it.

  Your ISP banned those Lindsay Lohan websites again?


Don't know how I ever missed this exchange. That's the funniest post I've read since the last time Conan slammed Christopher. (http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/lol.gif) 
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Christopher on September 18, 2005, 01:23:26 PM
Yeah, Conan has a certain knack for that, doesn't he? ;D
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: -satu- on September 19, 2005, 05:42:04 AM
Last book I read was about Elvis. Don't really know the book's name in English because it was in finnish but it was written by Priscilla Presley and it told their story.

Good book 8)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: -satu- on September 19, 2005, 05:44:25 AM
oh, and i forgot to tell, the next book i'm going to read will be about Clint. It's also in finnish so don't know the name in english, but it's written by Richard Schickel. It tells about his life and his movies 8)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 19, 2005, 06:42:02 AM
I have jus finished reading Minty Clinch's book about Clint I enjoyed it and today I have started reading Nevil Shute's An Old Captivity   I have read it a couple of times before but right now with the frozen North and Iceland on my mind it seemed like a good book to read again.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on September 19, 2005, 07:11:06 AM
In the last week or so I've read...

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A Man without a Country
Kurt Vonnegut


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A Primitive Heart: stories
David Rabe
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How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator
Andre de Guillaume
[/b]

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Proof
David Auburn
[/b]

Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Sylvie on September 19, 2005, 09:40:08 AM

Hey, by coincidence I also picked up The Blindfold recently, also because I'm a huge Auster fan. It's near the top of my to-read pile, and now I'm looking forward to it even more.

 :) Hello ! Holden Pike !
Have you read the last Paul Auster, that has just came out in France : "Brooklin Follies" (http://www.proverbes.net/img/livres/g/2742756485.jpg)
What do you think about it ?
I haven't bought it yet, but I've read a lot of really good critics on it in french press. :)
 
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Chessie on September 19, 2005, 05:43:00 PM
Holden how was Man Without A Country?  Was it any good?
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on September 19, 2005, 11:51:15 PM
Holden how was Man Without A Country?  Was it any good?

It's more than good, it's fantastic. I'm sorry the world is in such a sh!tty state, but on the other hand if it weren't this bad off Vonnegut wouldn't have gotten so pissed and felt the need to spout off in another book (he had vowed the previous one would be his last). Thank goodness for us he did.

And so it goes.



And Chessie, Auster's Brooklyn Follies isn't being published in the U.S. until the 27th of December, and I haven't gotten a hold of the galley yet, so no, I have not read it.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on September 20, 2005, 09:00:11 AM
I'm gonna look out for this.. read the New York Trilogy years ago and enjoyed it.. Time for some more of Mr Auster's work..
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on September 20, 2005, 10:07:33 AM
I'm gonna look out for this.. read the New York Trilogy years ago and enjoyed it.. Time for some more of Mr Auster's work..

Try Auster's The Music of Chance too. I love that one.

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Jed Cooper on September 20, 2005, 01:18:08 PM
I'm on the last chapter of The Walrus Was Paul.  It's ok, I guess.  A friend bought it and I was curious.  ...Not exactly the Kennedy Assassination conspiracy theory... 

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on September 22, 2005, 12:03:01 PM
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Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures from the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf and One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out.
A McSweeney's publication, edited by Ted Thompson with Eli Horowitz
featuring stories by Nick Hornby, Neil Gaiman, Jon Scieszka, Jonathan Safran Foer, Lemony Snicket, George Saunders, Kelly Link, Richard Kennedy, Sam Swope, Clement Freud, James Kochalka and Jeanne DuPrau
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Ask for it by name! (http://www.moviejustice.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/1syellow1.gif)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on October 09, 2005, 12:07:53 AM
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The Complete Calvin & Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
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The Watchmen (Absolute Edition)
by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
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A Bit on the Side: Stories
by William Trevor
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Prisoners' Inventions
by "Angelo"
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Men Of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book
by Gerard Jones
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James Brown's Live at the Apollo[/font][/u] (331/3 series)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on October 09, 2005, 12:33:06 AM
Holden.. Whats  "Live at The Apollo" about ?
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Holden Pike on October 09, 2005, 01:22:56 AM
Holden.. Whats  "Live at The Apollo" about ?

The "331/3" series, printed in the U.S. and the U.K. by Continuum Books, is a line of small books devoted to individual albums, exploring the musical history and larger context surrounding the recordings. This particular edition is looking at James Brown's Live at the Apollo recorded October 24, 1962, but other books in the series look at The Beatles' Let It Be, The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Neil Young's Harvest, The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico, Elvis Costello's Armed Forces and Radiohead's OK Computer among many others. They retail for $9.95/£6.99 each.

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: -satu- on October 09, 2005, 10:11:53 AM
Just finished Harry Potter, The Half Blood Prince (came out in Finland a while ago).. Very exciting book, wonder if there will be more Potters coming out.. ::)

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Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on October 09, 2005, 10:26:13 AM
Thanks Holden.. I've never come across this series of books before. I'm a huge Brown fan and rate the live at the Apollo album one of the best live albums of all time..

Ordering this book as we speak.... ;)
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Sylvie on October 09, 2005, 10:31:35 AM
The "331/3" series, printed in the U.S. and the U.K. by Continuum Books, is a line of small books devoted to individual albums, exploring the musical history and larger context surrounding the recordings. This particular edition is looking at James Brown's Live at the Apollo recorded October 24, 1962, but other books in the series look at The Beatles' Let It Be, The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Neil Young's Harvest, The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico, Elvis Costello's Armed Forces and Radiohead's OK Computer among many others. They retail for $9.95/£6.99 each.

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That's seem very interesting to read these books !
I'll search tomorrow to see if they exist in french ... if not ... I'll try to read a few of them in original version ! :D


Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on October 09, 2005, 10:54:50 AM
Just finished Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke  O0

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"People don't want to hear what really being in love is like, 'cause it sucks. It's like a diamond; it looks pretty from the outside but inside it's hard, angular and sharp. Truly loving somebody else should never be confused with a good time. Loving somebody is just as painful and disappointing as it is getting to know yourself. It's probably the only thing worth doing, but that doesn't mean it's gonna be a picnic."
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Americanbeauty on October 16, 2005, 08:26:26 AM
Bleachers by John Grisham
Recommended if you like football.

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"High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach –-- and himself – before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high."



Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 17, 2005, 11:16:03 PM
Just finished Harry Potter, The Half Blood Prince (came out in Finland a while ago).. Very exciting book, wonder if there will be more Potters coming out.. ::)


When J K Rowling began she said there would be 7 Harry Potter books so there is one left to go.    We have waited longer and longer between books and they have got bigger and bigger so it could be a coupe more years before we get the last one. :o     She said the 7 books were planned out and the final one was supposed to be about the last year at Hogwarts but the end of The Half Blood Prince makes you think.   Don't want to say any more as it could spoil it for those who have yet to read book 6.   I am looking forward to number 7 and to finding out what happens to Harry, Ron and Hermione in the end.
Title: Re: Recent books read
Post by: Gant on October 18, 2005, 09:17:33 AM
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Currently reading......  ;)
Title: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 11, 2005, 01:26:01 PM
I think we had a thread about who's reading what... but I couldn't find it, so started a new one.  :)

I found this in a little book shop in London last night.
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This Is London by Miroslav Sasek

It's great to see this childrens travel series re-issued. I remember them as a kid in the local library. Full of Beautifull vibrant illustrations ... I think Rome, Paris NY  and San Francisco are included.

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Nice stocking filler....
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on December 11, 2005, 01:29:11 PM
I think we had a thread about who's reading what... but I couldn't find it, so started a new one.  :)

I found it, and merged 'em. Thanks for reviving the thread, Gant!  8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 12, 2005, 09:33:04 AM
Thankyou....  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Agent on December 12, 2005, 09:45:35 AM
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This is a good book to have around (seriously!). Surprisingly, it has a lot of practical tips. I never leave home without it. Hey, you never know!  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 12, 2005, 12:09:20 PM
That's one book we should all take with us on the Desert Island (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=4926.0)  ;)
Could be useful.

"wrestle an alligator"  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Agent on December 12, 2005, 12:39:23 PM
Yes. Invaluable.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on December 13, 2005, 03:26:24 PM
I´m reading James Ellroy`s Brown`s Requiem at the moment.Like it a lot but clearly it`s not Ellroy`s best.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: dane with no name on December 13, 2005, 03:47:35 PM
After having read Holden pikes review of of the movie Jarhead spiced up with several quotes from the book, i became curious about this book (written by Tony Swofford), and i´ve recently read it.

It´s very different from other "warbooks", seeing as "swoffie" jumps back and forth in the book telling about his training, fellow jarheads, sadistic sergeants, dead friends, favorite books, his family life, girls he dated, the liberation of Kuwait e.t.c. and it paints a picture of a dedicated, yet sometimes confused young man. I´d imagine that writing this book has been some sort of "cleansing" for him, because some of the thought he delves on, aren't exactly the most healthy thoughts to linger on.
Spoiler
The whole conflict becomes almost surreal to him, always seeing the consequences of war, but never experiencing it firsthand, never firring a single shot from that big Barret light 50 (the worlds most powerfull sniperrifle) and returning to the u.s. celebrated as a hero for a war he never actually "fought"
spoiler ends
The only problem is that after having read the book, i´m not that keen on watching the movie  ::)
If you want to read a "different" warbook, you should give this book a try  O0

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 14, 2005, 01:12:00 AM
I have just finished Julian Clary's autobiography......
(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/009189784X.02._PE30_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg)  It made me laugh out loud.

If you are not in the UK I guess you may not know who he is.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Adam S. on December 14, 2005, 02:06:25 PM
Other than the Grisham books I mentioned, I recently re-read Stephen King's Christine. I am a huge King fan and can't wait for Cell to come out in January. During the fall, I read Alan W. Eckert's Narratives Of America saga.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: allycat on December 18, 2005, 06:27:27 AM
I've been going to my friend's book group the past few months which forces me to read a book every month - I do love reading but I never make the time normally. A couple of books I loved reading recently are:

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (set in WWI)
The Secret History - Donna Tarrt

Currently reading Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, though I was supposed to finish it for book group last week. It's very good! Next month, an old favourite: The Great Gatsby.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Agent on December 18, 2005, 09:30:12 AM
Nice to see you again, Ally. Been gone awhile myself....  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: allycat on December 18, 2005, 04:17:44 PM
Nice to see you again, Ally. Been gone awhile myself....  :)

And we have a similar number of posts I see! :) Yeah I don't know why it keeps happening. I get caught up in other stuff I guess - and have to keep doing those darn job applications :( I confess I have over 2,000 posts on the Doctor Who website, Outpost Gallifrey. Oops :) Good to see you too!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 06, 2006, 02:50:16 AM
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All part of Gants new healthier lifestyle...  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on January 06, 2006, 05:05:25 AM
" Faithless : Tales of Transgression ", by Joyce Carol Oates, translated in french under the title : " Infidèle ".

Some of those short stories overwhelmed me a lot, such as "Tusk", "The Vigil" ...
I've always loved this writer, the way she describes the deep loneliness of  human beings, the impossibility to communicate with someone loved or hated, the violent torments of young teenagers, the invisible but always present gap between people ...
The actions always take place in the USA, but they sound universal, and cities or countryside are the same everywhere, faithless is the cause, the link, the issue ...

This is the best collection of short stories read these last years.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Agent on January 06, 2006, 06:04:02 AM
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All part of Gants new healthier lifestyle...  ;)

Way to go, Gant! Don't forget to add a couple shots of Vodka in that.....  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 06, 2006, 12:01:56 PM
Will do....  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 06, 2006, 04:24:41 PM
Now reading

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 24, 2006, 01:35:02 PM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: little_bill on January 24, 2006, 05:36:35 PM
Darren Clarke and Dr. Karl Morris
Golf: The Mind Factor

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would recommend it for any golfer, good tips and advice on how to prepare mentally for a game and overcome the negativities that can ruin your game, also helps the reader that the psychologist Dr Karl Morris used to be a golf pro, so he knows what he's talking about
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 24, 2006, 10:34:10 PM
I have just finished Death Of An Expert Witness by P D James.   Another of her brilliant books in the Adam Dalgliesh series.   Now I am reading The Lighthouses of Trinity House.  A book about all the lighthouses, light vessels and buoys controlled by Trinity House.  ( Trinity House is the body who have jurisdiction over all the lights and sea marks around the coast of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and one in Gibraltar.  The Lights etc around Scotland and the Isle Of Man and Eire are controlled by different bodies)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 05, 2006, 03:36:06 PM
I'm halfway thru' a cracking read at the moment..


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Hangover Square.. A story of darkest earls Court
  by Patrick Hamilton.

This was recomended to me by a friend. Havn't read anything else by this author but am very impressed..



Set in the grimey publands of Londons Earls Court (I used to live here) during the war years.A world of gass light, sleazy bars full of drifters and no hopers.. I guess the main theme is schizophrenia as the tormented hero George pursues his love Netta to the point where is obsession becomes sick and destructive.. A very dark and gripping story yet still contains much that is funny as well as tragic..

Go on.. read it... (if I havnt put you off ;D)


Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on February 05, 2006, 06:06:39 PM
The movie (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0037761/) is a classic ... with Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell and George Sanders.  :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 06, 2006, 12:27:41 AM
I never knew there was a movie.... Gonna try and hunt it down immediately..


Thanks....  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on February 06, 2006, 06:42:25 AM
The IMDb doesn't list a video ...  :o I saw it at a repertory theater years ago. Maybe it'll come on TV.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Agent on February 06, 2006, 07:32:12 AM
A bunch of DVD & VHS listed on Ebay, and on this site. (http://www.noirfilm.com/haves_page.htm) As far as being originals, that I can't say.  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 26, 2006, 11:28:19 AM
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Geting stuck into this now.. I've always wanted to read Jack London and this came highly recommended.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on February 27, 2006, 09:24:59 AM
- The King Of Torts, John Grisham
- Dirty Harry Series #4 & 5
- Inside The White House, Ronald Kessler
- The Fall Of A President, by the staff of the Washington Post
- Unforgiven, Edward Buscombe
- Cruel & Unusual, Patricia Cornwell

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And right now, I'm reading Hunter S. Thompson 's Kingdom Of Fear

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Mr Soul on February 28, 2006, 10:36:30 PM
The last book I read was Awakening to the Tao  by Liu I. Ming. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on March 02, 2006, 06:47:28 PM
Just finished Motörhead`s Lemmy Kilmister`s biography Lemmy.
Very funny,entertaining and intresting book to read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 03, 2006, 02:43:40 AM
That looks like a fun read Hemlock.. I met him in a bar once..what a geezer....!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on March 03, 2006, 10:21:56 AM
Just finished Motörhead`s Lemmy Kilmister`s biograph Lemmy

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Very funny,entertaining and intresting book to read.

I did not know that book existed. I am definitely going to get it. Does Lemmy talk about being a roadie for Hendrix?  Thanks for the tip Hemlock. Motorhead does not get enough credit for the development of metal.
I just started the new Stephen King novel "The Cell" and it is good so far. I will give a report when finished.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on March 04, 2006, 07:41:54 AM
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  This is a good read.  Its about an Australian surviving some of Indonesia's worst prisons.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on March 04, 2006, 06:56:55 PM
Does Lemmy talk about being a roadie for Hendrix?  Thanks for the tip Hemlock. Motorhead does not get enough credit for the development of metal.

You`re welcome Richard.And yes he does mention that he was a roudie for Hendrix.

What was especially funny for me as a finn to read was that they were arrested back in the 70`s in Finland and were kicked out of the country  ;D

They`ve visited Finland many times over the years and did one of their live albums here too(No Sleep At All) and I was on that gig  8)

Anyway as I said Lemmy is great fun to read if you`re intrested on one of the loudest and the best rock`n`roll groups in the world.

Lemmy is "The Man"in a rock-world and the metalmusic/business owns him a lot.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 05, 2006, 02:49:42 AM
Sherlock Holmes.. A Study In Scarlet

My favourite fictional London character

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I like to dip into a Holmes story once in a while..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Brendan on March 12, 2006, 01:21:34 AM
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Finally finished Touching the Void by Joe Simpson. The book is just as great and as breathtaking as the movie. In fact after reading it I was surprised to see that they didn't change a thing from the book to the movie. And it was interesting to find out that Tom Cruise had the rights to the movie at one point and was looking to star in it as Joe.

Now I'm on Tuesdays with Morrie. I finished half of it today at work and will either finish the rest tonight or tomorrow sometime.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on March 12, 2006, 02:38:19 PM
My sister gave me Touching the Void for my birthday, years ago when I was keen to become a hardcore mountaineer ( ;D), and it stunned me.  The stuff that happened is just staggering, and so is the way he coped with it.  Truly amazing and inspiring, and he writes very well.

Haven't seen the film, but the trailers made it look impressive.  I do find it hard to believe that it could surpass the book though.

That reminds me of two other books that I loved in my teens.  Shadows on the Wasteland, by Mike Stroud, and Mind Over Matter, by Ranulph Fiennes.

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These are separate accounts of the same cross-Antarctic expedition, by each of the two-man team.  You get a real feel for the different way each man perceived the challenges they faced.  There is also some suggestion that Fiennes is a bit of an ego-merchant, but nothing new in that.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Brendan on March 20, 2006, 03:36:26 PM
I'm on The Da Vinci Code right now and it's pretty damn good!  O0 There have been a few times where I couldn't put it down.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 26, 2006, 07:21:52 PM
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I really enjoyed this.It usually takes me ages to read a novel but this one only took a couple of weeks.This could make a great film.Story revolves around a WWI soldier who has had plenty of problems since returning from the war.In 1929 he is arrested for the murder of his wife and her lover.In jail he meets a black convict arrested for the rape of a white woman.They both escape and are on the run from the authorities.A big courtroom drama finishes off the story.A very good read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on March 26, 2006, 08:54:33 PM
Chamber of secrets (adult version). Never thought I would enjoy but tit is pretty damn good. Better than first. The films ain't to bad as well. But do stray from the books/ :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on March 27, 2006, 12:07:36 PM
tgy, I take it that's not by THE Gene Hackman!  Sounds cool though, it's always fun when you get really into a novel.

Has anyone read Leaving Cheyenne by Peter Carter?  I think it's categorised as a kids book (most of his work is children's fiction), but it could equally be considered an adult book.

I was reminded of it by the threads about the past/future of characters in Unforgiven.  It's the only western story I've read (admittedly I haven't read many) that captures what you imagine might have been the real flavour of the time.  It's not gunslingers and heroism, but tells the story of a boy who leaves his home in Texas as a cowboy on the trail, and embarks on a journey that takes him through all kinds of experiences and places.

Unusually, and I think bravely, it's written in the first person, in a vernacular style.  That would be easy to screw up and sound naff, but I think it works.

I particularly love the tales of buffalo hunting with a Sharps rifle, and the sad description of the dying out of the great herds.  It goes into detail about ways of life in a convincing way.

Unfortunately it's out of print so you have to get a second hand copy, but I recommend it to anyone interested in western fiction.  Disclaimer: the author, who died a few years ago, was a family friend, so maybe I'm biased, but I was surprised by how much I got into the book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 27, 2006, 02:38:31 PM
tgy, I take it that's not by THE Gene Hackman!  Sounds cool though, it's always fun when you get really into a novel.

Hey Lilly,yes it is co-authored by THE Gene Hackman.I spotted this in the library last year,thinking the same thing as I never knew he written a book.In fact this is the second book he has written.Unfortunately the library doesn't have his first book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on March 27, 2006, 02:40:27 PM
Wow, cool!  Thanks, tgy.  I never would have known.  I'll have to look out for it. O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Agent on March 27, 2006, 08:34:45 PM
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This is quite an interesting book. It deals with some of the odder questions that we wonder about now and then, but don't really know the answer to...and don't have the nerve to ask. Also makes a good bathroom reader.   ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on April 01, 2006, 01:50:58 PM
 8) Sweet title. I have nearly read Prisanor of Azkaban (adult version),  man this is dark.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Brendan on April 01, 2006, 03:20:25 PM
What's the differance between the "adult" Harry Potter books and the childrens ones? Do the kids perform in underage drinking parties? Do they smoke weed? Have promiscuous sexual relations? Or is the cover just differant so other adults won't think you're reading a kids book?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 01, 2006, 03:54:45 PM
More likely so kids won't know you're reading a kids' book. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Grizzled on April 01, 2006, 05:45:44 PM
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Absolutely amazing account of the bravery of the American soldier in Iraq. As the author puts it, explaining the impulse behind writing the book, 'Unsung the noblest deed will die.' Indeed.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on April 01, 2006, 07:12:12 PM
What's the differance between the "adult" Harry Potter books and the childrens ones? Do the kids perform in underage drinking parties? Do they smoke weed? Have promiscuous sexual relations? Or is the cover just differant so other adults won't think you're reading a kids book?

 :( um no. They are darker and mature. And more grown up in nature. Hence adult version.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Brendan on April 01, 2006, 10:51:02 PM
How are they darker?

"And when young Harry came upon the dragon he played cards with it and upon beating the dragon they thanked each other and Harry was granted access to the chamber."

"And when that bad ass Harry came upon that b*[email protected] dragon he was like, "Yo, Drago! I wants in that chamber my man! And if you don't let me! Well [email protected]#k this $#!t, I'm gonna bust your ass!" To which the dragon replied, "Oh no you don't! You want a piece?! Bring it on you [email protected]#ka!" And they fought and young Harry unleashed his M-16 assualt wand and proceeded to magic a cap in the dragons ass."
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on April 04, 2006, 06:59:07 PM
 ::) Some people never open their minds. Compare the normal editions to the adult editions and then you will see what I mean man.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on April 05, 2006, 05:41:25 AM
I'm still on this London kick. Just started...

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: -satu- on April 05, 2006, 11:36:23 AM
Just finished Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire.

It was the second time I read it. And it's so sad..  :'( :'( A good book, no other book has ever made me cry.  ;D :-[

I really enjoy reading in english, I want to buy all the Harry Potter books in english. I've already read them all in english and I'm not even considering to read them in finnish. I don't even know which character they're talking about, 'cause they have made up these stupid finnish names to some characters and places.  :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on April 05, 2006, 11:42:09 AM
Cool, Gant.  I have a book of London walks.  I was surprised by the history I learnt from it.  There are a lot of interesting buildings with stories that get forgotten.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on April 05, 2006, 01:20:05 PM
Yeah Lilly.. thats what I'm into at the moment. Reading these old books that that reveal a lot of the history of some of this city's forgotten buildings and past...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: allycat on April 05, 2006, 02:26:53 PM
I'm trying to discover London walks! I have to make time for 'em though...

Latest book: reading To Kill A Mockingbird, that old classic, in my book group. I asked for the film for my birthday, because everyone says it lives up to the book. Can you believe I've never seen it?!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on April 13, 2006, 04:16:13 PM
Into this one now...

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0141187360.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Read  most of his others so thought I'd give this a try. Seemed to fit in nicely with Jack Londons "People Of The Abyss"
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Agent on April 13, 2006, 07:41:12 PM
Wow. Did that book come with a pair of these, Gant?

(http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/3-d-glasses-2.gif)

 ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on April 14, 2006, 06:33:59 AM
no.. but i wish it had...  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on April 14, 2006, 05:59:56 PM
::) Some people never open their minds. Compare the normal editions to the adult editions and then you will see what I mean man.

I hate to break the news to you but the text is the same, only the cover and the font is different.  I don't believe in the U.S. there are even two versions of the cover; the two versions (covers) for each book only exists in the UK.  Sorry, but you're reading children's books ... along with ten million other adults, so there's no shame to it. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on May 05, 2006, 05:16:46 PM
Looking back to see which book I last mentioned here...

I have since finished For Whom the Bells Tolls by Hemingway, and it was excellent.  The Spanish Civil War is a subject that interests me, but I think this is the first fiction I have read about it.  He seems to capture the spirit of the time and place, as one imagines it to have been, according to non-fiction literature.  During the bit when the band are hiding, waiting to see if the cavalry will come towards their camp, my heart was beating like a steam train.  He succeeds in making you believe the people are real.  Another bit that stands out is the gruesome description of the purge of the fascists in the town.  Horrible, but it probably did happen like that.

I love the title, it says it all.  I must check out more of Donne's work; those lines are so true.

Quote
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

 8)

Lately I've also read The Senator: My Ten Years with Ted Kennedy, by his former aide Richard E. Burke.  It was rather more of an exposé than I had expected, and a bit too much like a kiss-and-tell tale for me to feel comfortable with.  Nevertheless, an interesting insight into some of the craziness of the Hill. :D

I'm currently well in to Steinbeck's non-fictional Travels with Charley: In Search of America.  It's very readable, and I can never resist a road story.  It's great to hear what it was like on the back roads of America in the early 60s, and Steinbeck tells it in his usual great style. O0

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0141186100.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on May 05, 2006, 06:40:51 PM
I must check out more of Donne's work; those lines are so true.

I recommend his love poems!  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on May 06, 2006, 07:18:31 AM
Yes, I understand they are quite racey! :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 11, 2006, 02:26:41 PM
Just finished Truman Capotes book.. "In Cold Blood" which I found very compelling.. I havn't seen the recent film but I do remember many years ago seeing the adaption starring Robert Blake.  I guess I was quite young but I've never forgotten that movie..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on July 13, 2006, 01:34:52 AM
I reading Hideway by Dean R Koontz and Chopper by Mark Brandon Read at the moment.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 13, 2006, 02:52:00 AM
Just finished Truman Capotes book.. "In Cold Blood" which I found very compelling.. I havn't seen the recent film but I do remember many years ago seeing the adaption starring Robert Blake.  I guess I was quite young but I've never forgotten that movie..

 :) Just like you, Gant, I've always found this book compelling ... and very good : the true story of those murderers, the poor family they killed, the trial ... One of the Truman Capote's book that I like to read, almost every 2 or 3 years !
I haven't watched the last movie about Capote yet, hope on dvd now ...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 13, 2006, 05:40:58 AM
Sylvie and Gant, you both should enjoy Capote, the movie, since a better title for it would have been "The Making of In Cold Blood." ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 13, 2006, 07:03:42 AM
 :) Thanks KC, I'm sure you're right : when the movie "Capote" came out in France, I read a lot of things about this writer, how he as been fascinated by this particularly horrible murder, how things have been "linked" together between this family, the murderers.
  First time I read the book, in 1980, I was still at University, and the Litterature teacher asked us to write our thoughts, our comments : I can't remember my exact words, but I remember having written how chance is fascinating in this story, I refused to talk about "destiny" in that case ...
I did not see "Capote" , just because it stayed only a very short time on screens, in my Auvergne, so far away from Paris ! ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 13, 2006, 07:08:38 AM
This is a bit creepy.. For the 1968 movie poster they used the real killers eyes..  :-\

(http://eu.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/23/MPW-11989)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 13, 2006, 07:15:12 AM
This is a bit creepy.. For the 1968 movie poster they used the real killers eyes..  :-\


 :( :-\ ...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on July 13, 2006, 10:20:52 AM
Just finished this:

(http://www.leechild.com/images/echoburning_uk_pb2.jpg)

Simple enough for lazy,hot summer nights.

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 14, 2006, 03:31:04 AM
Am i right in thinking you didn't think much of  "Capote" the movie KC..?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 14, 2006, 06:01:22 AM
No, I liked it, I just thought the title was misleading. It was almost entirely focused on In Cold Blood, and Capote's life did include a lot more than that. But it was well done, and well acted ... not only by Philip Seymour Hoffman, but by the whole cast,  especially Clifton Collins Jr, who was absolutely chilling as Perry Smith. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 14, 2006, 02:28:46 PM
Now I've read the book I'll rent the movie..

I'm off to Finland for a few days next week and need a new book for the trip. Anyone got any suggestions.. ?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on July 16, 2006, 01:56:22 AM
Night in the lonesome October by Richard Laymon. Fast paced well written and creepy as hell. An amazing read by a great author.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 16, 2006, 08:10:04 AM
Night in the lonesome October by Richard Laymon.

Sounds like one for me.   I like creepy books!!!!

I have just read Thornyhold by Mary Stewart and was disappointed.  I enjoyed her Merlin trilogy The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills & The Last Enchantment, but this one leaves you feeling there should have been more to it, almost like a rushed job that she just wanted to get something written to a deadline.

I read This Rough Magic,  Wildfire At Midnight, Touch Not The Cat and The Moonspinners all by Mary Stewart in the last few months and loved them all.  They are spooky novels and touch on the occult but so well written where Thornyhold came from I can't imagine.   It reads as if written by a different author.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 16, 2006, 11:58:37 AM
Someone has recommended I read Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.

Any of you guys read it... ?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on July 16, 2006, 01:46:01 PM
Night in the lonesome October by Richard Laymon. Fast paced well written and creepy as hell. An amazing read by a great author.
A fellow Laymon fan! :D :) I've been wanting to read After Midnight, the most recent Laymon novel I bought.

Have you read One Rainy Night, No,namedfan? That's one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: little_bill on July 16, 2006, 02:56:49 PM
Now I've read the book I'll rent the movie..

I'm off to Finland for a few days next week and need a new book for the trip. Anyone got any suggestions.. ?
don't look at me, i've been stuck babysitting  this week, all i've read is barney goes to bed and spot the loveable dog  :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on July 16, 2006, 05:48:56 PM
A fellow Laymon fan! :D :) I've been wanting to read After Midnight, the most recent Laymon novel I bought.

Have you read One Rainy Night, No,namedfan? That's one of my favorites.


Yes I have readit along with  all of his published works along with Stephen King. NITLO is my favorite Laymon book behind Island. One rainy night us a great read though very well done in terms of suspense.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on July 16, 2006, 06:10:48 PM
You've read all his stuff? Cool. I've only read around 13 or 14 of his novels. Island was one of those, too, and yes, that one is great. I loved the ending.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 17, 2006, 12:29:45 AM
don't look at me, i've been stuck babysitting  this week, all i've read is barney goes to bed and spot the loveable dog  :D

Well little_bill your education is now complete.   ;D ;D ;D ;D

I must admit to reading a number of books for children.  Some of them are brilliant.  There is a series by Susan Cooper called The Dark Is Rising.  Fantasy stories that encapsulate tales of Merlin and King Arthur in which a young boy is able to perform amazing feats of magic and time travel but written well before J K Rowling was published.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: little_bill on July 17, 2006, 05:51:40 AM
Well little_bill your education is now complete.   ;D ;D ;D ;D

almost, i saved the bear in the big blue house books for tonight, as bear is her favourite.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on July 17, 2006, 06:31:58 AM
You've read all his stuff? Cool. I've only read around 13 or 14 of his novels. Island was one of those, too, and yes, that one is great. I loved the ending.
Nice one. what do you think of the beast house trilogy.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on July 17, 2006, 08:10:48 AM
Haven't read those. Not all of his stuff has been published in the U.S. yet. I think it's just been over the last few years that his popularity started to rise here. It was nearly two years ago that I was introduced to his work by one of my professors. He loaned me Bite and The Woods Are Dark (which was a UK publication). I'd say The Woods Are Dark is the least impressive book I've read from him so far. It didn't seem to be as well developed as the others I've read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: No,namedfan on July 17, 2006, 08:22:25 AM
I agree. Island is the only book to make me jump. (I know that sound weird but it is true).
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: GBU on July 20, 2006, 09:15:40 PM
I just finished "A Scanner Darkly". Oh my God!! Probably the best book I've ever read. I highly recommend it.

They are also making a movie adaptation of the novel which looks amazing.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 20, 2006, 09:50:04 PM
I just finished "A Scanner Darkly". Oh my God!! Probably the best book I've ever read. I highly recommend it.

They are also making a movie adaptation of the novel which looks amazing.

They've made it, actually. It's in limited release now ...

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0405296/
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 27, 2006, 07:41:29 AM
Bought A Scanner Darkly for this weekends trip away.. Looking forward to it...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 04, 2006, 12:50:43 AM
Not really my usual kind of reading tho' I still enjoyed it...

Just picked this up for holiday reading..

Lost Histories by Joel Levy

(http://images.play.com/bc/927138m.jpg)

Looks like a fun read.. the author investigates some of the greatest mysteries of our past. Holy Grail, Eldorado, lost works of Shakespeare.. what happend to Amelia Earhart etc..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 04, 2006, 02:34:52 AM
Gant write a quick review when you get back and tell us what the book was like please.   Sounds interesting. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 04, 2006, 06:43:25 AM
Will do  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 05, 2006, 03:48:47 PM
Who killed Olof Palme? ??? ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 06, 2006, 06:14:22 AM
Dunno... but it Sounds like a botched  investigation to me.. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on August 08, 2006, 11:57:31 AM
It took me awhile to finish that Mosley`s Bad Boy Brawly Brown but I did.As usual it was great as all of the Easy Rawlins books have been.

Now reading:

(http://www.modestyarbor.com/wclandestine.jpg)

James Ellroy`s second book.Good stuff too.

And now a bit off topic if I may:


I'm off to Finland for a few days next week.

So Gant how was your trip?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 09, 2006, 12:08:35 AM
Fantastic. We played in Tampere and then drove up to Kemi (I think thats the spelling)... Then got a train back to Tampere which was great. Fantastic way to see all that beautiful countryside. Good audiences and the beer didn't seem as expensive as in the past. Maybe the rest of the world has caught you up in alcohol prices.. ;D
All in all.. a good trip.

and I read all the way..(just to keep us on topic)  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: dane with no name on August 11, 2006, 09:31:34 AM
(http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/3537/000714993x01ss500sclzzzzzzzv64626793e050ddbm6.th.jpg) (http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?image=000714993x01ss500sclzzzzzzzv64626793e050ddbm6.jpg)

The pale horseman by Bernard Cornwell.

Second of a trilogy about the danish viking invasion of England in the late ninth century. The Danes have conquered almost all of Brittan through an combination of broken truces, deceit, and superior fighting power and strength.  Only Wessex remains (cornwall too, but they hate the saxons, and are considered an enemy) and the British king Edward (later the great) is hard pressed. We follow a young Saxon nobleman and warrior named Uthred of Bebbanburg (in Northumbria), who is landless due to his treacherous uncle. 

Assembling the Great Army, the Vikings have only one ambition - to conquer Wessex. When they (again) break the truce and attack Wessex, the arrogant Uthred finds himself on the pious Christian King Alfreds side though he is a worshipper of the Norse gods himself, due to his life among the vikings when he was a hostage in his earlier years  ( described in book 1 ; The last kingdome).
The two of them along with Alfreds entourage flee into the marshes where they forge an uneasy alliance.

From the marshes they spy on the vikings, do some sabotage, and try to assemble a Saxon army that can fight the vikings. The two great armies crash together in 878 on the hill of Ethandum ( possibly Brattom Camp) where the Danes had their first massive defeat.
 
I´ve read a lot of Cornwells books (most notably his books about Sharpe, a young British officer during the Napoleon wars) and even though these books aren't the best he´s written, they are definitely worth a try if you haven't heard of him.

What i like about Bernard Cornwell is that while he may have an vivid imagination, and a good way of writing, he always posts a historical note in the end of his books where he writes what is facts in the book, what is myth, and what he made up. A lot of authors who write books based on history could learn from that.  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 11, 2006, 06:57:37 PM
What i like about Bernard Cornwell is that while he may have an vivid imagination, and a good way of writing, he always posts a historical note in the end of his books where he writes what is facts in the book, what is myth, and what he made up. A lot of authors who write books based on history could learn from that. O0

A lot of authors who write HISTORY could learn from that too ... ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: dane with no name on August 12, 2006, 02:37:16 AM
Quote
A lot of authors who write HISTORY could learn from that too ... 

 ;D ;D ;D
Well said, KC.
Especially whenever a big movie about some historical figure shows up, and book after book about him/her is grind ed out. I dread to think of all the books about iwo jima, i´ll have to push my way past when i enter my favorite bookshops next year (accounting for the standard danish lateness regarding moviepremieres).
 :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on August 27, 2006, 12:58:07 AM
(http://www.schwartzbooks.com/mas_assets/full/0393062376.jpg)

and I finally finished...

(http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Books/Pix/covers/2005/10/03/game1.jpg)

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on August 27, 2006, 03:46:55 PM
I am currently absorbed by Alistair Cooke's latest, posthumous offering: his account of America in 1941-2.  There is much less literature on the American home front than the British one, and it is interesting to learn about the effects of the war on U.S. soil.  It's a unique perspective; not many people were circumnavigating the lower 48 on the outbreak of war, much less with the access to people and places that Cooke's position afforded him.

It begins with his telling of being in D.C. on the day of infamy at Pearl Harbor.  It is wonderful to read of the atmosphere, and particularly his description of Roosevelt coming to the House.  I think his excellent style and observation is even better in this book than in his other work.

The American title is different to the British one.

U.S.:

(http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/P/0871139391.01._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_AA240_SH20_SCLZZZZZZZ_V66862338_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0871139391/sr=8-1/qid=1156718051/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-6533375-6532062?ie=UTF8)


Britain:

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0713998792.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V51960572_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0713998792/026-0945947-3849233?v=glance&n=266239&s=gateway&v=glance)

Yeah I know it looks like a bridge in Madison County, but apparently it's Wisconsin.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 29, 2006, 02:26:18 AM
Lilly yes there are a few covered bridges in Wisconsin I have seen them.

I like Alistair Cooke's style and enjoyed his 'Letter From America'  each week.   You have got me interested now and I will get a copy. Let you know what I think.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on August 29, 2006, 06:40:33 AM
Cool Lin!  Look forward to hearing your take.  Apparently the manuscript lay undiscovered in Cooke's closet for years, until his secretary turned it up just weeks before he died.  He was reportedly delighted that it had been found, and wanted it published.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 30, 2006, 01:03:38 AM
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'engle.
I missed this one first time round so am now reading it with my son.



(http://images.play.com/bc/475035m.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 16, 2006, 05:16:01 AM
"The Way We Wore" by Robert Elms.

A good book if your into clothes and the history of fashion....which I must admit I am... ;D


(http://img.tesco.com/pi/Books/L/3X/033042033X.jpg)

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on October 16, 2006, 06:06:20 AM
"The Action Hero Workout" -Jørgen de Mey

  There are better fitness books out there and the title is really cheesy, but its not a bad read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on October 16, 2006, 06:08:05 AM


(http://images.play.com/bc/475035m.jpg)

  I know I'm not supposed to "judge a book by...", but man the front cover of that one looks good.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 16, 2006, 08:20:04 AM
I'm about half way thru'... I'll let you know what I think when I've finished it..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Walt on October 18, 2006, 09:09:51 AM
The God Delusion  by Richard Dawkins

One of the best non fiction books I have ever read .
Refreshing,brave and just downright honest .I can't recommend it highly enough
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Agent on October 18, 2006, 09:49:01 AM
Ah, that brings to mind an excellent book I finished few weeks ago, The Language of God, (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2192678&page=1) written by one of the most reknown scientists in the world, Dr. Francis Collins, (http://www.simonsays.com/content/book.cfm?tab=1&pid=519365) head of the Human Genome Project (DNA).

Definitely a solid and worthwhile read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 18, 2006, 03:30:19 PM
I just finished reading James Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia" today and started James Bradley's "Flags Of Our Fathers".  I'm only 12 pages into it, but like what I've read so far.  I usually try to read them before seeing the movie.  I missed The Black Dahlia because it's not playing anymore and will definitly not finish Flags Of Our Fathers before Friday, when I plan on seeing the movie.  I think I've read a novel in 24 hours maybe twice; the first being Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.  That novel was so good, I couldn't wait to see the movie....was I disappointed! 

I always like reading novels of Eastwood's movies and sometimes the sequels, even though not made into movies, are better.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on October 21, 2006, 01:38:08 PM
I just finished reading James Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia" today .


Did you like it??
As I´ve mentioned many times earlier on this particular website and thread I´m quite a big fan of James Ellroy.

Are you planing to read more Ellroy`s books?

I´m now reading Irwin Shaw`s Young Lions.So far great read and a bit different than the great movie that`s based on this book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 21, 2006, 01:40:46 PM
Did you like it??
As I´ve mentioned many times earlier on this particular website and thread I´m quite a big fan of James Ellroy.

Are you planing to read more Ellroy`s books?


Yes, I did enjoy it.  It was a gift, so I don't think I'll be reading anything else by Ellroy anytime soon.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on January 12, 2007, 11:42:16 PM
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Blood-Truman-Capote/dp/0679745580)

Picture - Lillian Ross (http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Lillian-Ross/dp/0306811286)

Directed by Clint Eastwood - Laurence Knapp
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 13, 2007, 01:50:33 AM
I like Ellroy... Brian, give My Dark Places a go.. Fantastic read.

I read In Cold Blood recently and thoroughly enjoyed it, What did you think American beauty ?

Am currently reading Goodbye Columbus by Phillip Roth...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on January 13, 2007, 04:07:10 AM
 :) I'm reading "The Falls" by Joyce Caroll Oates.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 13, 2007, 04:37:54 AM
I recommend this one. O0

(http://images.seekbooks.com.au/1741665388.jpg)

Greg Norman:The Way Of The Shark.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on January 13, 2007, 11:03:38 AM
I read In Cold Blood recently and thoroughly enjoyed it, What did you think American beauty ?
I liked it too  O0

In Cold Blood and Picture were part of a list our journalism professor had given us. We were supposed to pick one, read it and write a review. I had picked In Cold Blood, read it, and decided it was not the one  :D, so I read Picture, and did the review on this one instead  :D I don't know why but somehow I thought it would be much easier. I don't know what my grade is. This was the last assignment we were given before Christmas, so I don't know if I'll ever know  :-\

A few days ago I tried reading On The Road by Kerouac, but I had to stop ... what's all the fuss about this book? I wonder. Really too boring. I'm going to bring it back to the library today.

Tomorrow I'm gonna start An Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer -since I'll be taking the plane, I'll have plenty of time to read  8)
This one was also on the list.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 13, 2007, 11:38:56 AM
Ha !  ;D  maybe times have moved on a lot since I first read On The Road and it's lost some of it's effect.

 The book had a profound effect on me when I read it in college.. It  really blew me away and sent me on a course of reading all the major beat writers. I never really fell for any of  Kerouac's other novels.. apart from maybe Dharma Bums.. but I've re-read On The Road many times over the years and still love it.

Go on Americanbeauty.. give it another chance.  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on January 13, 2007, 11:54:05 AM
I laboriously got through On the Road. ;) I bet it could have made a great movie though, maybe if it'd been done some years back. The characters could be interesting but Kerouac seemed too much in love with his writing to do anything with them. I'm not overly critical about most books/stories I read actually.

I just recently read The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I liked it. It's for a class and the other books I have lined up for the class are Beloved, Devil in a Blue Dress, and A Lesson Before Dying. But I guess that's for the "Future books to be read" thread. :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 14, 2007, 05:20:18 AM
I have just read The Black Tower by PD James.    I am about to start another P D James Death of an Expert Witness  I don't have a lot of time to read these days but I will make a weekend to sit and read when I receive the last Harry Potter  ( Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)  sometime in early March.   Having read the others I have all sorts of ideas who does what and who dies!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 14, 2007, 03:25:39 PM
My last two books that I read were Ian Fleming`s Casino Royale (I´m quite amazed how true to the book the new film was) and Michael Feeney Callan`s biography about Sean Connery which was quite intresting read also.

Now I´m reading Walter Mosley Little Scarlet.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Chrissie on January 15, 2007, 03:14:18 AM
I read Terry Pratchett's "Wee Free Men". I love the Discworld stories.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: little_bill on January 15, 2007, 05:41:13 PM
I recommend this one. O0

(http://images.seekbooks.com.au/1741665388.jpg)

Greg Norman:The Way Of The Shark.
go that for my brother as part of his christmas present, looks good, i also finished Darren Clarkes, Heros All: My Ryder Cup Diary (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heroes-All-2006-Ryder-Story/dp/0340937165/sr=8-1/qid=1168907614/ref=pd_ka_1/203-0638304-7217550?ie=UTF8&s=books) (http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0340937165.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V34863817_.jpg) which was very good, short though, maybe wait for it in paperback, €27/£18 is a bit steep as its short,
but a great book i picked up recently was The Greatest Game Ever Played (http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Game-Ever-Played-Francis/dp/0786888008/sr=8-3/qid=1168907398/ref=pd_bbs_3/103-4997617-6170222?ie=UTF8&s=books) by Mark Frost(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0786888008.01._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg),
About Local Brookline Caddy and Amatuer Golfer Francis Ouimet and The Stylist Harry Vardons Titanic Struggle over the 1913 US Open

the same author also wrote The Grand Slam: The Bobby Jones Story (http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Slam-Bobby-Jones-America/dp/B000FDFWQY/ref=pd_sim_b_1/103-4997617-6170222)(http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000FDFWQY.01._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_SCLZZZZZZZ_V52651312_.jpg)
Arguabley the greatest Acheivment in Modern Era Golf
Another book well worth a read, sorry to bang on about golf books but i think you'll like them, judging by your enthusiasm in the Golf Thread O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 15, 2007, 10:21:33 PM
Thanks little bill,I need to do more reading and I do like my golf. Those books look good.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on January 20, 2007, 11:18:25 AM
It's amazing what a polarising book On The Road can be.  I love it, but traveling the open road is one of my obsessions so I guess I was predisposed to liking it.

A few weeks ago I was looking for a book in the library to fill a few minutes while waiting, and picked up Gettysburg: The Long Encampment - The Battle, The Men, the Memories by Jack McLaughlin.  This is an old book from 1963, and just one in a plethora of books on the battle, but it caught my attention, and now I carry it with me at work to dip in to whenever there is a slack moment.  I was particularly impressed by the original photos taken in the 1860s.

Finding this coincided with happening upon the DVD set of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, so I have been enjoying comparing the two.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Chrissie on January 20, 2007, 12:25:05 PM
Now I read "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte: I never thought it could be so captivating.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 20, 2007, 05:08:55 PM
It's a great book, Chrissie! One of my favorites.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 23, 2007, 06:07:33 AM
The area where the Bronte's lived is not too far from me.  I have visited their home and have walked to the Bronte Falls.  The area supposed to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights is also a place I visited. 

Link (http://www.haworth-village.org.uk/brontes/places/top_withens.asp) to Top Withens the "home of Heathcliffe".

(http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/7057/brontes0bd.jpg)  The parsonage where the Bronte's lived, taken from the grave yard in the church where their father preached.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Chrissie on January 23, 2007, 10:27:07 AM
Thanks for that link. I think it's a wonderful landscape. I like it if the weather is a bit rough. Maybe I can visit it also.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on January 23, 2007, 10:40:28 AM
On the back of my copy of The Executioner's Song it says "impossible to put down". Couldn't agree more with that.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 26, 2007, 08:40:45 AM
Just finished Mosley`s  Little Scarlett which was great.Now reading...

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on January 26, 2007, 10:45:38 AM
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  The author is actually the son of Mel Brooks.  "World War Z" is a good read  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 26, 2007, 08:35:06 PM
Do you see it as a musical, Conan? ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on January 26, 2007, 09:20:05 PM
Do you see it as a musical, Conan? ;)

   8) Hehe, methinks the apple fell a little too far from the tree in this case.  Still, I would pay to see Rockette Zombies.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on January 26, 2007, 09:32:12 PM
Zombie wars? Sweet!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on February 07, 2007, 09:26:30 PM
I've now read three of those books that I mentioned earlier (The Color Purple, Beloved, and Devil in a Blue Dress).

Just finished Mosley Little Scarlett which was great.
I really enjoyed Devil in a Blue Dress and am looking forward to getting around to reading some more Walter Mosley. Have you read the other Easy Rawlins books, Hemlock?

Another book I read a few weeks ago was by a local author in Dayton, Ohio. It's called The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle, which is a really compelling novel. I was at a reading today with her (and had my book signed--my first book autograph, Yoo woo! ;D :)), and she talked about how it was tough to find a publisher because the book is about child sexual abuse, so it wasn't always easy to read but I thought it was great. AMAZON LINK (http://www.amazon.com/Kindness-Strangers-Katrina-Kittle/dp/0060564784/sr=1-4/qid=1170908139/ref=sr_1_4/103-6895849-2706248?ie=UTF8&s=books)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 08, 2007, 03:06:35 AM
LINK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Autobiography-Kindness-Strangers-Kate-Adie/dp/075531073X/sr=1-1/qid=1170928696/ref=sr_1_1/202-9094022-3631027?ie=UTF8&s=books)

I just read The Kindness Of Strangers too but as I read your post Christopher I found it was a totally different book.   Kate Adie was a war correspondent for the BBC.   She has now retired but still presents programs from other correspondents.   I admire her courage.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on February 09, 2007, 02:35:32 AM
Cool Lin.  I've been meaning to get around to reading my copy of Kate Adie's book, which as it happens, my sister got autographed for me.  I met her once - a very nice lady.  I was young enough that it didn't seem unusual to have a prominent female war correspondent like her, she was just always there on the TV when I was growing up.  But she was pioneering as a woman in that field and I admire her for that.

For my birthday my mum sent me this, which I am very pleased with.  Christopher Hibbert is usually a good read. 8)

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 10, 2007, 02:51:13 AM
Looks like a good read Lilly... I spent many happy summers at Butlins as a kid....  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on February 10, 2007, 05:55:43 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on February 10, 2007, 06:02:01 PM
For those of us who didn't know what Gant was talking about ...

http://www.butlinsmemories.com/6/id77.htm

;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on February 10, 2007, 06:17:19 PM
Oh yes, I suppose the Butlin's holiday camp thing is quite British.  Did you ever get the TV sitcom Hi-de-Hi! across the Pond?  It was a parody of a 1950s Butlin's style camp.  I used to love it as a kid, though I've never been to any real life holiday camp.  It's amazing that they still keep going.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 10, 2007, 06:37:37 PM
I used to spend the whole week watching and pestering the drummers for tips.... Happy times. Thanks for the link KC... ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Chrissie on February 15, 2007, 06:16:19 AM
At this time, I read the Harry Potter series. I really love it. It's not usual black-and.white, good and evil. Some good have evil behave, too. And even the main villain wasn't evil the whole life. First he little child without parents but with special talents. It seems so fascinating to me.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on February 15, 2007, 06:28:48 AM
P.D James : " The Children of Man"  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: little_bill on February 15, 2007, 06:55:30 AM
finished "way of the shark" yesterday Scofield Kid, your right, great book, norman has had an intereting life, great business man, read Bagman (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bagman-Inside-Exclusive-World-Professional/dp/0954865308/sr=8-1/qid=1171546171/ref=pd_ka_1/203-2964269-0150303?ie=UTF8&s=books) too which is the collected articles of Retief Goosens Caddy Colin Byrne, Very Interesting reading,

as was Four Iron in the Soul (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Four-Iron-Soul-Lawrence-Donegan/dp/0140260145/sr=1-1/qid=1171546460/ref=sr_1_1/203-2964269-0150303?ie=UTF8&s=books)(http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/0140260145.02._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg) by Lawrence Donnegan, about how a journalist spent a year on tour as a caddy.

Just Purchased

Payne Stewart: The Authorised Biography (http://www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/0007109970/ref=s9_asin_image_3/203-2964269-0150303)(http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/0007109970.02._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Peter Aliss: My Life (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Alliss-My-Life/dp/0340834005/ref=pd_rhf_p_5/203-2964269-0150303) (http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0340834005.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Seve Ballesteros (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seve-Biography-Ballesteros-Alistair-Tait/dp/1852272813/ref=pd_rhf_p_4/203-2964269-0150303)(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/1852272813.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 04, 2007, 01:38:48 AM
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The Look, Adventures In Rock And Pop Fashion


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Must rank as one of the best books about fashion ever.
Author Paul Gorman traces Pop's 50 year relationship to fashion. Chapters covering the spontaneous cults of the 50's to the 60's  right up to present day. Includes many interviews with past style icons and designers.. Bowie, Malcom McLaren, Paul Smith etc.. and many superb photos.

Great tag line...  :)

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An essential purchase for anyone who has ever cared about offending his or hers parents

I'm also re-reading

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Miles, The Autobiography
by Quincy Troupe

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on March 13, 2007, 06:10:04 AM
I have a new home from home in London: Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road.  The stock is overwhelming.  Plus there is a great jazz music shop, and adjoining cafe.  A great place to hang out and read.  I picked up a few new books.

Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym

In Pharaoh's Army by the great Tobias Wolff

Acts of War: The Behaviour of Men in Battle by Richard Holmes
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on March 13, 2007, 10:45:39 AM
Gosh, I remember Foyles! From ages ago when I was last in London! It's still there! :o

And of course, they have a website now ...

http://www.foyles.co.uk/foyles/index.asp
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Chrissie on March 13, 2007, 11:04:23 AM
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It's the first time I read this in English, and it's easier than I thought.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on March 13, 2007, 01:17:05 PM
Good for you, Chrissie. O0

Gosh, I remember Foyles! From ages ago when I was last in London! It's still there! :o

And of course, they have a website now ...

http://www.foyles.co.uk/foyles/index.asp

Yes, I wish I'd seen it pre-1999 when it was still kept in the eccentric manner before the old lady died.  However, the modernisation hasn't entirely robbed it of its soul.  You can eavesdrop on some of the best conversations whilst drinking coffee at the nice old wooden tables...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 13, 2007, 01:50:19 PM
I used to work just behind Foyles and spent many happy hours amongst the shelves..
 It was a great shame when Ray's Jazz shop was forced out because of high rents, and so so great that it found a new home in Foyles


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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on March 16, 2007, 12:06:54 AM
How was the Miles Davis bio Gant?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 16, 2007, 01:02:52 PM
Superb.. I've read it before but have been listening to a lot of Miles recently so thought I'd re-read it...

On an unrelated issue... I've just secured a job ( 2 hours a week.. no pay) in a charity shop checking out and pricing the books/vinyl/cd's etc.... could be fun, and I might find a few goodies along the way.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 17, 2007, 03:19:17 AM
Gant that is a great voluntary job AND there is a chance of a real bargain for you.   ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 17, 2007, 03:28:21 AM
I have just finished a Hammond Innes book Isvik.   I thought I had read all his books then I found this one in a charity shop for only 50 p and it is in very good condition.  ( There you are Gant you are sure to find something you want to read.)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 17, 2007, 08:49:51 AM
Absolutely....  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on March 17, 2007, 03:41:32 PM
Good for you, Gant. And yes, hope you find some goodies... I love the serendipity that comes of browsing in secondhand bookshops...all those special finds, that feel like they were put there just for you to discover...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on March 22, 2007, 08:36:33 PM
I just recently finished reading Walter Mosley's Gone Fishin'. I'm looking forward to reading some more books in the Easy Rawlins series. O0

I'm currently reading The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson. I love the movie, which Matheson adapted himself, and the book is really cool too. He is my favorite writer and I'm really looking forward to getting around to Hell House (I've seen The Legend of Hell House, which Matheson also adapted) and The Beardless Warriors, just to name two that I think sound really good. That last title was apparently inspired by his experience in World War II.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on March 30, 2007, 02:44:58 AM
I'm looking forward to reading some more books in the Easy Rawlins series. O0


I`m also big fan of Walter Mosley`s Easy Rawlins novels.

Last book I read was Arturo Pèrez-Reverte`s El Capitan Alatriste.Intresting and quite entertaining book.

I heard that there`s a film made after this character(Alatriste)starring Viggo Mortensen.Has anybody seen it??

Now reading Lee Child`s Persuader

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on April 15, 2007, 12:08:09 PM
I recently just finished Flags Of Our Fathers.  I've been so busy lately that I almost gave up.  It got to where I'd sit down to read, then considered quitting.  I hung in there, though and stuck with it 'til the end and am very glad I did.  I enjoyed the book very much.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on April 15, 2007, 01:33:59 PM
- "If You Ask Me" (http://www.amazon.com/If-You-Ask-Collected-Irresponsible/dp/0449909913) by Libby Gelman-Waxner

Here's my review:

     While the purists -those who refer to cinema as “The Seventh Art”, think of “entertainment” as a dirty word, and for whom refinement, cinematic excellence and style matter more than anything else- will very likely qualify the book as outrageous and ask that its author be put in a cage without a pen or paper, there is a good chance that the rest –that is approximately 99 percent of the population, will find “If You Ask Me” outrageously funny and won’t be able to put it down.
     Everything that there is to know about movies and movie stars ‘Made in Hollywood’ is in “If You Ask Me” by Libby Gelman-Waxner. The book is a compilation of her columns published in Premiere magazine during the 90s. It is the “Hollywood for Dummies,” an indispensable guide that tells all about the hidden face of American cinema. While traditional movie reviews are 99 percent analysis, and 0.9 percent humor, with half the language used being so technical that it is necessary to re-read each sentence at least a dozen times in order to make sense of the whole thing, this book is the exact opposite. It is light, fresh, fun, straight to the point, and the author, for a change, doesn’t take herself, or her book, too seriously. She uses words that an everyday person can understand without having to open a dictionary, which constitutes an achievement in itself  ;)
     An “assistant buyer in juniors’ active wear” reviewing movies in her spare time, she is undoubtedly one of the most off-beat critics of her time. As the self professed “nation’s foremost auteuristic film critic” –and “foremost auteuristic” is the understatement of the year, she has indeed a style of her own: hilariously honest and totally pitiless, especially when it comes to trashing one of America’s most emblematic and prolific businesses by making light on its many flaws and imperfections, and by making fun of and criticizing its beloved stars. Whether you like it or not, even if you didn’t ask, she is going to give her opinion, hence the revelatory title and trademark quicker “If You Ask Me.”
Libby doesn’t wear gloves and isn’t the type to apologize for what she writes: she has absolutely no misgivings, speaking her mind without after-thoughts or taboos. Her reviews are almost gossipy at times, as she often seems more concerned about a star’s haircut or latest love interest than acting style. The result is, 99.9 percent of the time, laugh-out-loud funny, with a good dose of sarcasm, and the author’s caustic sense of humor guaranteeing at least one uncontrollable laughing fit per chapter.
     She simply isn’t in the same league as traditional movie critics, whose books have a reputation for being pretty heavy to the average reader. Libby turns the traditionally boring, over-analytical and head-bangingly complicated, into a fun and unforgettable ride into Hollywood’s backyard, and this for one simple reason: she uses examples that the average moviegoer can relate to, making her book all the more accessible. Her approach to movies is very personal to say the least. No interviews with famous movie stars or directors here, but every chapter is a descent into the personal world of Libby, with occasional participation from her husband and “wildly sought after Upper East Side orthodontist” Josh, her daughter Jennifer, her therapist Arlene Cole-Natbaum, her mother Sondra Krell-Gelman, her best friend Stacy Schiff and her cousin Andrew. What is most enjoyable and makes the book such a delicious read is the ton of references to pop culture, food, health, fashion, politics, a proof that movies are deeply embedded in the American culture. She treats movies as they should be treated: products coming right out of the movie factory that is Hollywood. As the one and only designated movie critic for Premiere magazine, she has a license to criticize and doesn’t miss an occasion to show that she isn’t in the least afraid to use it. She can as easily shoot down a movie on account that its star had a bad hair day, as she can put another one on a pedestal simply because it stars Dennis Quaid or exposes Mel Gibson’s “tush.”
     Although the book is more than 10 years-old, the subject matter hasn’t aged a bit. Hollywood is still the place where “you can be a good actor but talent isn’t necessary”, a  world where superficiality reigns, where hiding behind appearances of beauty, intelligence and talent seems to be the norm, and where quality is when the sequel costs more than the original. She sees the American cinema as “a luscious catalogue of dreams” where “marketing is for 99 percent of filmmaking.” She compares movies to “car commercials on TV” and other American products like Spam or Vidal Sassoon shampoo. Hollywood is where movies don’t require dialogues and plots, only stars, who “are all Lassie.” She also unveils the mystery surrounding directors (“no one really knows what a director does”) who she sees as rather useless individuals who spend their time watching others work, and who went to film school (“a three-year version of a snow day”) only to watch old movies.
     “If You Ask Me” is written in the first person, as Libby is an entire part of the story, giving the reader her input on every little and not so insignificant detail of a movie like the main star’s nose job, dressing habits or accents … everything that people are looking at when they go to the movies but won’t admit. Her take on Hollywood is completely convincing in the sense that she is able to put herself in the shoes of the “ignorant American Cineplex addict”, because she is one herself. She knows that the average American filmgoer couldn’t care less about cinematography, or the art of directing a movie, but is avid for car chases, shower scenes, “naked movie stars, exploding squad cars and [a star’s] latest surgical procedure.”
And like any respected movie critic, Libby picks the movies that she thinks deserve to be praised. “The Libby Awards” or “The Libbys,” are a hilariously deranged version of the real Academy Awards, where the Oscar statue is replaced by one of Libby’s duplicate wedding gifts  ;D

Bottom line is: I loved it  :D


- "Persistence of Double Vision: Essays on Clint Eastwood" (http://www.amazon.com/Persistence-Double-Vision-Essays-Eastwood/dp/088864356X) by William Beard

Interesting read, but way too technical at times.
See above when I talked about "over-analytical and head-bangingly complicated" books about movies? Well this one is a very good example  ;) Still worth reading. For the die-hard Eastwood fan only.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 15, 2007, 02:58:37 PM
Nice review of If You Ask Me, AB! Was it done for a class? (Just curious ... and I'd give you an A.)

You neglected to mention that Libby Gelman-Waxner is the alter ego, or as you might say nom de plume, of the screenwriter Paul Rudnik. ;)

- "Persistence of Double Vision: Essays on Clint Eastwood" (http://www.amazon.com/Persistence-Double-Vision-Essays-Eastwood/dp/088864356X) by William Beard

Interesting read, but way too technical at times.
See above when I talked about "over-analytical and head-bangingly complicated" books about movies? Well this one is a very good example  ;) Still worth reading. For the die-hard Eastwood fan only.

Personally, I feel that Beard's book is one of the least jargon-ridden film books by an academic that I've read. I liked it a lot. But it certainly does help to be a die-hard Eastwood fan! :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on April 15, 2007, 03:19:24 PM
Nice review of If You Ask Me, AB! Was it done for a class? (Just curious ... and I'd give you an A.)
Well, thanks a lot!  :) Yes, it was done for a class (my reporting class). I'm supposed to submit it next week. I thought I'd post it here first and see what you guys thought of it, and then make of few changes depending on the feedback I'd receive ;)

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You neglected to mention that Libby Gelman-Waxner is the alter ego, or as you might say nom de plume, of the screenwriter Paul Rudnik. ;)
Yeah, I know. I left it out on purpose actually. The review can only be 3 pages long and I'm already a little over that. Do you think I should include it? I was wondering if it was really relevant to understanding the book  :-\ If I mention it, what should I call the author on second reference: Rudnik or LGW?

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Personally, I feel that Beard's book is one of the least jargon-ridden film books by an academic that I've read. I liked it a lot. But it certainly does help to be a die-hard Eastwood fan! :)
It certainly does  ;) Maybe I was a little harsh. I guess me being a non-native speaker probably didn't help, but I did have to re-read some sentences a few times before understanding what he was trying to say.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 15, 2007, 03:44:32 PM
I think it's somehow cooler NOT to mention "Libby"'s real identity ... which is pretty much universally known, I would imagine. Maybe you could put it in a footnote (in teeny tiny type) just so your prof will know for sure that YOU know. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on April 15, 2007, 03:59:02 PM
Thanks for the tip. I think that's what I'll do  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Fhil on April 15, 2007, 06:38:18 PM
I am currently reading Long Day's Journey Into Night and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on April 22, 2007, 12:12:48 PM
On the Road by Jack Keroauc


Recommended by a friend. Also gave me his extra copy of the book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on April 22, 2007, 01:58:07 PM
On the Road by Jack Keroauc


Recommended by a friend. Also gave me his extra copy of the book.
Did you like it, Alcy?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on April 22, 2007, 02:40:18 PM
I wonder if Alcatraz read our rant from a few pages back. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on April 22, 2007, 03:36:08 PM
Oh, actually I'm still reading it.


You had a rant about it?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on April 22, 2007, 04:58:07 PM
 ;D Yes, we kinda had

It starts HERE (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=5251.msg103587#msg103587)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on April 22, 2007, 05:29:01 PM
Oh, haha. Yes my friend told me that the book was really good. I don't like to believe hype sometimes. I like it so far though.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on April 22, 2007, 07:17:57 PM
Tommy Steele 
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Bermondsey Boy

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 23, 2007, 12:52:44 AM
Tommy Steele 
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I well remember Tommy Steele.   I liked him.   Was it like the "Tommy Steele Story" movie, or is that before your time Gant?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on April 23, 2007, 12:59:29 AM
 A little before my time Lin  ;)

I was gonna review it but found this review on play so posted it instead.. A great read for anyone interested in London history..and or our Tommy.  :)

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Thirties Bermondsey was a thriving place, and it was in this bustling London borough that Thomas Hicks was born. Later, this Bermondsey boy would become known as Tommy Steele ...In this engaging memoir Tommy recalls his childhood years growing up in Bermondsey. He relives with great fondness Saturdays as a young boy, spent gazing at the colourful posters for the Palladium and days spent wandering up Tower Bridge Road to Joyce's Pie Shop for pie and mash. But he also brings to life with extraordinary vividness what it was like to live through the devastation of the Blitz. Yet it was once he joined the merchant navy and began singing and performing for his fellow seamen that his natural ability as an entertainer marked him out as a favourite. And it was while ashore in America that he became hooked on rock'n'roll and a legend was born ...From Tommy's humble beginning to life at sea and finally as a performer, "Bermondsey Boy" is a colourful, charming and deeply engaging memoir from a much-loved entertainer.

The review is here...hopefully  :)

http://www.play.com/books/books/4-/3251976/bermondsey_boy/Product.html
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 23, 2007, 06:15:36 AM
Don't forget the link to that review, Gant! ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on April 23, 2007, 11:43:41 AM
Hey... I managed it.. ;D.   A first.

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 23, 2007, 04:13:12 PM
 8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on April 25, 2007, 12:45:42 PM
Before On the Road by Jack Keroauc I was reading some James Clavell.

-Shōgun
-Tai-Pan
-King Rat
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: -satu- on June 16, 2007, 03:26:19 AM
I just finished Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott. I love that book, it's different from what I usually read. I'd like to see the movie again, I've only seen the one starring Winona Ryder (released 1994), and it's been ages since I saw it. But i'd love to see the other two too.

Next up; Bridges Of Madison County.  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 16, 2007, 06:18:27 AM
I have just finished a little 'light' reading..  Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh.  He is a TV gardening presenter in the UK.  This is his fifth book.   They are all feel good holiday reads. 

I have now started "Never Go Back" by Robert Goddard.    I like his books and I met him at a readers day in Bradford and found him a very amusing and entertaining.   His books are excellent and all so different.

Looking forward to the release of the last Harry Potter on July 21st.  I want to know "what hapens".  It will be hard not to turn to the last chapter.  :-\
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on June 16, 2007, 06:39:05 AM
"The Devil Wears Prada", by Lauren Weisberger.

A very "glamourous" but cruel story, very funny sometimes, talking about the Strange World of Fashion  ;D

I haven't seen the movie yet, but that's what I'll do soon ...  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: -satu- on June 17, 2007, 04:22:54 AM
I'm waiting for Harry Potter also!  :D I've made my reservation of the book in a local store, I will get it among the first ones on the day it will be released. And it's in english, of course. I haven't even read them in finnish, I don't want to.  ::)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 17, 2007, 09:55:32 AM
Well done satu reading them in English.  We will have to talk about how we enjoyed it, or not, when we have both read it.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: -satu- on June 18, 2007, 06:55:39 AM
Yes Lin, absolutely. It will be great to share thoughts with you. :)

The reason I don't want to read them in Finnish is, that the first Harry Potter I read was in English. I was practising to my final tests in high school by reading books in English. I borrowed few Potters from my friend who had brought them from the U.S. I had never thought much about them before, but when I read them, I really liked them.  :D So now I'm hooked.  ;D And watching them on TV with Finnish subtitles makes me so confused (the names of things and people translated) so I don't even want to touch the Finnish version books.  :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on June 18, 2007, 07:30:48 PM
There's nothing that solidifies your knowledge of a foreign language like reading a whole book in it, preferably without the help of a dictionary. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: -satu- on June 19, 2007, 01:16:07 AM
I only had to check few words.  ;D And I already had a clue about what they could mean. And I was right.  :D

KC, you're right about the dictionary. If I would start to check every word I don't know, it wouldn't work. I'd probably read the dictionary more than the book itself. I've learned not to care if don't know some word.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on June 19, 2007, 06:05:26 AM
The funny thing is, after you see the same unknown word a second or third time, you figure out what they mean! The context is everything. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on June 19, 2007, 08:28:05 AM
I remember the very first book I read in English: Stephen King's "The Shawshank Redemption". My. Oh. My.  :o
Thank Goodness, I had a dictionary with me at the time. I was 15 and I barely had 2 years of English behind me. It wasn't even my first foreign language (the first foreign language other than French that I had decided to study at school was German).

I don't know what had gotten into me ... it was very tough, because I was pretty much stopping at every word -no kiddin'- to look it up in a dictionary LOL Now that I think about it, probably not the most effective method, but I like to think it paid off anyway ;)

KC, you're right about the dictionary. If I would start to check every word I don't know, it wouldn't work. I'd probably read the dictionary more than the book itself.
Oooops  ;D This is exactly what happened to me. Once I had finished the book, I wouldn't have been able to tell you what it was about -or even the names of the characters  :D
-satu- you are a much smarter reader than I was  8)

I had a notebook -still have it somewhere- where I used to write all the hard words -that is, in the beginning, EVERY.SINGLE.WORD  :D Once it was full -and that happened pretty quickly as you can imagine, I started writing things down on pieces of paper -which I kept as well  ;D

And then I read "Different Seasons" (also by Stephen King) -MUCH easier because it's not one big story like "Shawshank".

The funny thing is, after you see the same unknown word a second or third time, you figure out what they mean! The context is everything. ;)
That certainly helped this time  ::) And by then I had learned the lesson: you must choose between reading the book, or reading the dictionary  :D ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on June 19, 2007, 08:55:48 AM
The funny thing is, after you see the same unknown word a second or third time, you figure out what they mean! The context is everything. ;)

That's right KC ! :)


The first thing in English that I translated in its entirety was ... "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, summer 1980.
I can't remember if I had a dictionnary with me all the time, some songs are not very difficult to translate, only the theme was "obscure" for me sometimes ! I put the translated songs in a notebook, and the following year, at Secondary School, I gave a talk on Pink Floyd ! :)

I think that things have been easier for several years to learn English (or another language), with DVD in original languages, Internet, a lot of non translated books sold ...

But in my youth (long time ago ! ;D), I had a teacher who always told us that one of the best way to learn a foreign language was to listen and listen a group or a singer that we love, trying to understand the subject, then sing, sing, sing, good for the accent ! ;)
That's what I did, with Pink Floyd,  The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Police, Supertramp, Genesis and so on : I've got plenty of notebooks full of translations ! And when my girls were babies, I only sang them english songs to help them to fall asleep  ;D 

But talking about "real" books, the first one was "The Portable North American Indian Reader", Frederick Turner III, that I still love to read ... :)
   
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on June 19, 2007, 06:41:26 PM
I had a notebook -still have it somewhere- where I used to write all the hard words -that is, in the beginning, EVERY.SINGLE.WORD  :D Once it was full -and that happened pretty quickly as you can imagine, I started writing things down on pieces of paper -which I kept as well  ;D
Does that mean you have your very own handwritten copy of The Shawshank Redemption? ;) ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on June 20, 2007, 12:37:28 AM
Exactly!!  ;D Cool, huh?  :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on June 20, 2007, 01:21:54 PM
How many languages do you know, AB?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on June 20, 2007, 02:08:55 PM
How many languages do you know, AB?
I know French and English -I used to know quite a bit of German too -studied the language for 7 years, but I lost practically everything when at the end of my high school years, I decided to study English only.
So I gave up German -which I realize it now, was foolish. Fewer and fewer people speak German -in France (foreign languages is nooot exactly our strong point  :D) and outside Germany ... but you know what they say, 'you never forget how to ride a bike' -all I need is a little practice, and I'm sure everything I learned will come back to me -or at least the basics will  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on June 20, 2007, 02:57:10 PM
I find sometimes that when I'm on break from school I have problems getting a novel read all the way through. It's strange. I love to read but, I don't know, after reading nine novels for school during two quarters, I don't always feel like reading a bunch of novels when I'm on "vacation." There's plenty of stuff I want to read, just getting through it all seems to be the problem. :D I think I'm going to start on Kindred by Octavia Butler soon and see how that goes.

Maybe later in the summer I'll start on some novels I'll have to read during the Fall quarter. ^-^
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: -satu- on June 21, 2007, 01:39:32 AM
I have the same with French than AB with German. I studied it for 7 years, had excellent grades but now (haven't touched the books in a few years) I remember nothing. I had a good basis in the grammar, because I read everything twice. That was because I couldn't continue in the high school I got in to, so I started everything from the beginning.  ::) I would like to go to France to work for six months, I would get some practice in the language.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on June 25, 2007, 09:14:45 AM
- "Unnatural Exposure" by Patricia Cornwell

- "Cause of Death" by Patricia Cornwell

- "The Catcher in The Rye" by J.D. Salinger

- "Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 25, 2007, 10:27:42 AM
I like Patricia Cornwell's books.    I have not read Cause of Death.  That will be the next one I read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on June 25, 2007, 10:42:40 AM
I like Patricia Cornwell's books.    I have not read Cause of Death.  That will be the next one I read.
I LOVE Patricia Cornwell. The Scarpetta series is brilliant. I read the first 8 in French -just before my baccalauréat - I actually didn't read them, it was more like I devoured them  :D I was so stressed out, I don't know but reading sort of helped me get my mind off the exams. I was offered this compilation -2 books with 4 stories each, for my birthday.

It didn't get me long to read all of them. Anyway, that's how I got into her work.

I now have all of her novels in paperback. I'm re-reading them all in English. Much better  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 11, 2007, 04:29:43 AM
Just finished this and I can highly recommend it. A Great Read.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 11, 2007, 05:23:26 AM
Thanks! We'd like to do an updated edition, though ... it ends in 1998. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: philo on July 12, 2007, 07:43:50 AM

Just picked this up for £2.  :o

(http://www.methuenbookshop.co.uk/images/475/0297844369.jpg)


Just what I needed.


Philo .
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 19, 2007, 12:36:41 AM
Jonathan Tropper "The Book of Joe" :
I read the last page only a few minutes ago ... completly moved and totally under the spell of that book ...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Fhil on July 20, 2007, 06:00:51 PM
South Of The Pumphouse by Les Claypool.  Not for everybody, but I like it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 20, 2007, 09:04:14 PM
So, who's finished the latest Harry Potter book yet?  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: JSE on July 20, 2007, 11:29:14 PM
My wife's reading the last Harry Potter book as I sit and type this!  Got it from Waterstones in the post this morning and started reading it straight away!  I guess she wants to read it before someone in the media gives away the ending!

I'll read it after but I already know that at the end of the book Harry has a sex change operation, Harriet marries Voldermort and they have a huge wedding at Hogwarts so no surprises there!

I'm reading The Cell by Stephen King, its good if end-of-the-world type stories are your thing!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 21, 2007, 03:06:37 AM
I'll read it after but I already know that at the end of the book Harry has a sex change operation, Harriet marries Voldermort and they have a huge wedding at Hogwarts so no surprises there!

Thanks JSE, you just saved me $25.00.  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 21, 2007, 04:40:49 AM
Funny stuff, JSE!  (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/Lol.GIF)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: -satu- on July 21, 2007, 07:45:08 AM
Bought my new Harry Potter today. Have you got your copy yet, Lin.?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Fhil on July 21, 2007, 10:00:14 AM
I just got my copy of Harry Potter.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 21, 2007, 11:50:50 AM
So, who dies? ??? ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 22, 2007, 04:44:39 AM
So, who's finished the latest Harry Potter book yet?  ;)

Me....... Yes satu,   I collected it at one minute past midnight on July 21st and finished it 15 hours later.

I even dressed up as Prof. McGonagall to go and get it.   I was NOT the only adult in costume.  We had a party in the book shop and quizzes and Harry Potter music while we waited for the witching hour. :D :D

I have to say it was fun.   This was my weekend off so it all fitted perfectly.   
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 22, 2007, 04:45:43 AM
So, who dies? ??? ;)

I can't tell you here as I will spoil it for those who have not read it yet but I have PM'd you with the answer.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on July 22, 2007, 11:57:54 AM
Me....... Yes satu,   I collected it at one minute past midnight on July 21st and finished it 15 hours later.
Holy crap! :o ;D I had wondered how long it would take some people to read the book.

I'm currently signed up for a class where we'll be reading the first Harry Potter book, and since I've never read it, I might be reading it just so I don't have to later. ;) Other books I might try to take care of early for the class are the first Lord of the Rings and the first Chronicles of Narnia. I think I've burnt myself out a little on novel reading, so hopefully required reading will get me back into the groove.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: philo on July 24, 2007, 02:36:23 AM

Are you under Harry's spell Lin ?   :)


Philo .
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 24, 2007, 08:34:29 AM
Are you under Harry's spell Lin ?   :)
Philo .

You will understand Philo, if I say "No he is under mine."  ;) ;) ;)

Actually I do really like the books and the movies so far.   I guess he is a little bit of a hero. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: -satu- on July 24, 2007, 08:58:14 AM
You've been fast, Lin.  :o I haven't finished yet. Starting with the chapter 33. Sooo exciting!  :D :D I went to get mine at 10 am before going to work, I'm not that big of a fan to get up in the middle of the night for a book.  ::) I can't wait to talk about the book. Have to be careful, not to spoil anything. Maybe PM's? Or a new thread with spoiler warning?!  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Fhil on July 24, 2007, 09:40:25 AM
You've been fast, Lin.  :o I haven't finished yet. Starting with the chapter 33. Sooo exciting!  :D :D I went to get mine at 10 am before going to work, I'm not that big of a fan to get up in the middle of the night for a book.  ::) I can't wait to talk about the book. Have to be careful, not to spoil anything. Maybe PM's? Or a new thread with spoiler warning?!  ;)
I would definitely join you guys in that thread but at the moment I'm only on about page four hundred.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 24, 2007, 04:30:11 PM
Feel free to start a "Harry Potter" thread here ... just put: "Warning: Spoilers Allowed" in the title and it'll be cool. 8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on July 30, 2007, 06:39:52 AM
  I picked up Stephen King's latest book, "Blaze" which he wrote (at least a basic version of it anyway) back in the early 70s. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Francesca Kincaid on July 30, 2007, 09:38:38 PM
I read that not long ago, Conan.  I really liked it.  It was a good, fast read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 13, 2007, 12:37:38 PM
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THE GOD DELUSION
  By Richard Dawkins


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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Fhil on August 13, 2007, 06:39:15 PM
  By Richard Dawkins


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Great book!!!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 13, 2007, 10:47:46 PM
Agreed..... the guys got a very interesting two part tv show on at the moment called
"Enemies of Reason"
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on August 14, 2007, 04:04:54 PM
Just starting The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew. I'm reading it for a class that will be starting here in a few weeks, but its been a series that I've wanted to read to see how Lewis deals with and works in his Christian faith.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on August 15, 2007, 10:59:32 AM
The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: lovelyrita on August 15, 2007, 08:19:27 PM
I recently read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by the same author of "Kite Runner"  Khaled Hosseini. 
As the New York Times says "Khaled Hosseini’s latest novel, which focuses on women and family, starts off programmatically and gains speed and emotional power as it slowly unfurls." 
This is a wonderful book that will have you thinking about the courage of these women long after you read the last page.
Check it out, I guarantee it you will not be disappointed..and as free woman in a free society you will count your blessings.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Francesca Kincaid on August 16, 2007, 11:09:11 PM
A few days ago I finished The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein.  He's 97 and this is his first published book.  I read about that so thought I'd read it.  It's a memoir of his early life.  It's a good story, sad though.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lilly on August 17, 2007, 06:25:14 AM
Anyone publishing their first book at the age of 97 deserves a read!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Francesca Kincaid on August 17, 2007, 10:51:08 PM
Yeah, I think so too.  I guess he's been trying to get published for the last 70-some years.  It's too bad it took so long, but at least he finally made it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 17, 2007, 11:11:28 PM
One of my holiday reads this year is British film director Michael Winner's autobiography

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Winner Takes All.. A Life Of Sorts

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 31, 2007, 04:03:59 AM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/21MSSAVFX9L._AA140_.jpg)

I just finished this one after spotting it at the library a few weeks back.

1950's and 60's British comedy actor Norman Wisdom's autobiography. Full of nice stories of his life, although he had it tough early on, then was a telephone operator during WWII patching calls to Winston Churchill, before finally becoming an actor in the late 40's.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 07, 2007, 11:36:03 PM
The Michael Winner bio was a fun read.. I hadn't realised how many great actors he'd worked with. Books choc full of great anicdotes about Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson, Marlon Brando etc... Loved the story about Burt losing his temper on the set of Lawman and dangling Winner by his lapels over a cliff edge.. It's quite a warm, funny book and the passage on Jill Ireland is quite moving..

Also on my holiday list I got thru'

The Haunting of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley

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Good fun tho' a bit creaky in places...

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on September 08, 2007, 11:53:22 AM
Patricia Cornwell's Black Notice

(http://www.mobipocket.com/eBooks/cover_remote/ID2097/detail/blacknotice4.jpg)

Can you believe that I still haven't finished The Executioner's Song? I started it last January  ::) I'm about halfway through, though. See, I have this condition -non-curable- I never read only one book at a time. I can't. I start one, then another, then another ... 3 is my limit though  :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on September 14, 2007, 06:22:04 PM
Currently reading The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. Hysterical! ;D Will have Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations following.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 15, 2007, 07:40:44 AM
You'll have fun, Christopher! Dickens is a whole world unto himself.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on September 17, 2007, 04:31:42 AM
(http://images.play.com/bc/3331024m.jpg)

  This was a funny read...I had a good friend who made a hilarious, but horrible "accidental reply all mistake" years ago when he worked for a bank.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on September 19, 2007, 06:34:47 AM
"Dangerous Road", Kris Nelscott   

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The first Smokey Dalton detective series ... taking place in the late 60's, just after Martin Luther King's murder. Mixing fiction and History, a great book ! O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 15, 2007, 01:17:11 AM
Sounds great Sylvie.. I'm gonna look out for that one.

Just read Night And The City by Gerald Kersh. Great book, great movie.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: SpiderMonkey on October 18, 2007, 09:32:10 PM
I recently picked up 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.'  So far, it is extraordinary.  I'm very much looking forward to seeing the film - it looks fantastic.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 28, 2007, 05:14:01 PM
Has anyone read Bruce Dern's Autobiography?

I was just curious if it mentions his working with Clint on Hang 'Em High.

I tried doing one of those search inside the book at amazon but even though I've gotten books through them in the past, I couldn't get access to that feature.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on October 28, 2007, 05:37:25 PM
Kid, I'm having no trouble with the Search Inside This Book feature ... are you looking on U.S. Amazon?

U.S. Amazon link (http://www.amazon.com/Things-Said-Probably-Shouldnt-Have/dp/0470106379/)

First, I looked at the index. Eastwood is mentioned on pages 48, 73-74, 183, 220, and 283 and Hang 'Em High on p. 73-74. Using the Search ... feature, I could read the part about Hang 'Em High, which has more to say about Ben Johnson than about Clint. I don't think I'd buy the book just for that, but it could be interesting in its own right.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 28, 2007, 06:35:21 PM
This must be the reason why the search feature doesn't work for me.

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Your previous orders may only be Marketplace orders. Items purchased from another seller through the Amazon site do not qualify at this time.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on October 28, 2007, 06:37:18 PM
I wasn't aware that you had to be an Amazon customer for the feature to work. But then, I guess I wasn't aware there was anyone left on Earth who WASN'T an Amazon customer! ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on November 01, 2007, 06:18:34 PM
You'll have fun, Christopher! Dickens is a whole world unto himself.
Indeed, it has been fun. I finished Great Expectations last weekend. Now all there's left to do is a 12 page paper due in two weeks. :o :D

Just finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone yesterday. It's so imaginative, I quite enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on November 07, 2007, 05:39:11 AM
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"Kublai Khan" by John Man

  A while back I read a book the author did on Genghis Khan, so I wanted to check this one out.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 07, 2007, 07:30:08 AM
Did he in Xanadu a stately pleasure dome decree? ???
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on November 12, 2007, 04:08:03 PM
I read another Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child.

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These books are not exactly masterpieces but good fun and entertaining enough.

Now I`m starting The Autobiography of Aerosmith by Aerosmith & Davis, Stephen

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on November 12, 2007, 06:49:34 PM
Did he in Xanadu a stately pleasure dome decree? ???

  He decreed it his summer home/capital, and would take breaks there after his campaigns in what is now China.

  And I decree that your reference went flying over my head, as I had to look it up  :-\  The poem is in the book...Methinks that my comprehension was reserved for the sections on military strategy.
 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 12, 2007, 08:08:54 PM
(http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/Lol.GIF) And here I thought most people only knew Kubla Khan from the Coleridge poem!

Quote
Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 1772–1834

Kubla Khan

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
  A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
  Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills
Where blossom'd many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
 
But O, that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced;
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:
And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reach'd the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
 
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
  Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
  From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
 
A damsel with a dulcimer
  In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
  And on her dulcimer she play'd,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me,
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

http://www.bartleby.com/101/550.html
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on November 12, 2007, 11:14:58 PM
Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner is my favorite of Coleridge. It sends chills down my spine.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Fhil on November 16, 2007, 03:19:00 PM
Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner is my favorite of Coleridge. It sends chills down my spine.
Not a bad song by Maiden either. lol
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on November 16, 2007, 07:31:05 PM
Not a bad song by Maiden either. lol
That song got me into Coleridge.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on November 17, 2007, 11:38:10 AM
See No Evil - Robert Baer

(http://www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews/editions/1156/images/26-See%20No%20Evil_th.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Clint Van Wallach on November 17, 2007, 07:27:16 PM
(http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/Lol.GIF) And here I thought most people only knew Kubla Khan from the Coleridge poem!

It's also a 58 foot (18m) column in one of our nearby caves.

Kubla Kahn (http://www.terrain.org/columns/15/guest.htm)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 18, 2007, 03:34:48 AM
It's also a 58 foot (18m) column in one of our nearby caves.

Kubla Kahn (http://www.terrain.org/columns/15/guest.htm)

That site is very interesting CvW thank you for posting it.


I have just finished reading Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca for about the 6th time.
As soon as I read the opening words "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.", I am hooked.    I have just started Frenchman's Creek, also by Du Murier.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on November 19, 2007, 10:33:13 AM
(http://a2.vox.com/6a00c2252098d6f21900c22522c71a8fdb-500pi)

  "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" is the best humor non-fiction book that I have ever read.  Its not for everyone...like politically correct types or anyone who gets easily offended  >:D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Holden Pike on November 19, 2007, 07:00:33 PM
(http://media.monstersandcritics.com/articles/1374270/article_images/image2_1195226500.jpg)
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Steve Martin

This is a memoir from Steve about his early life and stand-up career, a subject he hasn't talked about much in the past twenty-five years or so. By the end of the 1970s, Steve Martin's act was bonafide Rock-and-Roll, selling out huge arenas like The Hollywood Bowl. But it all started with an interest in magic tricks and Vaudeville-style joke telling, both of which he learned at Disneyland and then Knott's Berry Farm in the 1950s. Later he tried stand-up and even television writing, working on the award-winning sketch show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour". After that it was still a long haul before the phenomenon that made him a super star of comedy, memorable "Saturday Night Live" guest appearances and gave him the opportunity for a film career. Martin covers it all. A must-read for fans. It officially hits the shelves tomorrow, but I read it this past weekend.

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on November 30, 2007, 08:02:03 PM
Recently read Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes the second time. I love it! O0 Bradbury's style is different from a lot of what I usually read, but he pulls it off wonderfully, and is becoming one of my favorite authors. I've read a little about his story collection called The October Country that I'd really like to read, but for the next couple weeks, I'll be steeped knee-high in criticism about him and Something Wicked. If anybody has anything to say about the themes of the book and their connection to the carnival, let me know (I'm kidding! ;) ;D).
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 01, 2007, 01:10:50 AM
- Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television
- Reading CSI: Crime TV Under the Microscope
- Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell
- Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home by Gil Reavill

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1845111796.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41lopqcE2iL._SS500_.jpg) (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0399150897.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Yw5Lb3kAL._SS500_.jpg)

I haven't finished Reading CSI, Aftermath and the Cornwell one just yet. I'm almost done.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on December 02, 2007, 03:44:22 AM
Recently read Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes the second time. I love it! O0 Bradbury's style is different from a lot of what I usually read, but he pulls it off wonderfully, and is becoming one of my favorite authors. I've read a little about his story collection called The October Country that I'd really like to read, but for the next couple weeks, I'll be steeped knee-high in criticism about him and Something Wicked. If anybody has anything to say about the themes of the book and their connection to the carnival, let me know (I'm kidding! ;) ;D).
If you get a chance to read any of Ray's short story work's , do so.  He is a true master of the short story genre.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on December 03, 2007, 04:47:17 AM
(http://www.barbarasbookstore.com/Images/Covers/C/ConfederacyOfDuncesMed.jpg)

I finally got around to "A Confederacy of Dunces"  O0


(http://www.rwf-law.com/elements/Jones_front.jpg)

"Hacksaw" is about a guy who escaped 14 times from various prisons throughout the United States.  He was the only non-violent criminal ever to top the FBI's most wanted list.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on December 03, 2007, 09:34:40 AM
"Hacksaw" is about a guy who escaped 14 times from various prisons throughout the United States.  He was the only non-violent criminal ever to top the FBI's most wanted list.
At least he wasn't dangerous, but what was he in prison for? ??? :o :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 04, 2007, 08:30:57 AM
After enjoying Dawkin's The God Delusion I decided to give this a go.

(http://www.civilbrights.net/static/a/16/74/selfish-gene.jpg)

Another great read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on December 04, 2007, 06:21:57 PM
At least he wasn't dangerous, but what was he in prison for? ??? :o :D

  He was in for petty theft initially, but his original sentence was extended due to all the escape attempts.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on January 08, 2008, 10:47:11 AM
(http://multimedia.fnac.com/multimedia/images_produits/Grandes110/7/7/0/9782070418077.gif)(http://www.bibliosurf.com/local/cache-vignettes/L124xH200/arton7392-860ab.jpg)


"I'm Legend" Richard Matheson

"The Known World" Edward P. Jones


Both of them, great books ! :)


 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 09, 2008, 03:24:41 PM
Just finished great good ol`detective novel by Ross Macdonald called The Galton Case.

I simply love his Lew Archer novels.Macdonald is up there with great writers like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 09, 2008, 03:51:35 PM
It Was Fun While It Lasted....    A J Lane.    A true account of life with a lighthouse family and lighthouse keeper.  Well written and amusing.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jaffe on January 15, 2008, 10:16:40 AM
During Christmas holidays I read The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman. Now I'm almost finished with Hotel California by Barney Hoskyns, telling all about the music scene of the LA Canyons in the 60's and the 70's. Fascinating stuff...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on March 10, 2008, 03:57:43 AM
(http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mwright2/iroots/curiousincident.jpg)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

  This was a great read, and one of the most original books I've come across.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 11, 2008, 11:32:28 AM
Quote
Poe: A Life Cut Short
by Peter Ackroyd

A biography of American writer Edgar Allan Poe

(http://images.play.com/bc/3557026m.jpg)

Very good..  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 28, 2008, 03:00:11 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5156F05HYWL._SL160_AA115_.jpg)

I just finished reading the book that the film was based on. I found the film to be really graphic in it's depiction of battle in Vietnam. The book is just as powerful if not more so with actual accounts from the men who were there.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 11, 2008, 12:50:26 AM
Quote
Billy Hill ..... Godfather of London
  by Wensley Clarkson

The unparalleled saga of Britains most powerful post-war crime boss.

(http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/Images/Songs/Billy%20Hill.jpg)

I don't usually go for these gangster type biographies.. But this was a good book. The guy was definitely several steps ahead of his contemporaries.. and the law.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 12, 2008, 06:55:21 AM
The Stonewylde books, one after the other.     I have 'talked' to Kit Berry the author about these books.   They are brilliant  and although in the genre of Harry Potter they are very different.   Not kids books.  Kit writes very well and from my experience she really knows her subject too.   I would recommend them if you would like to read something 'different'.
(http://www.stonewylde.com/images/magusfrontcoversmallshadow.jpg)    (http://www.stonewylde.com/images/moondancecoverfullfrontsmallshadow.jpg)    (http://www.stonewylde.com/images/solsticefrontcoversmallshadow.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 16, 2008, 08:36:19 AM
(http://image.evene.fr/img/livres/g/9782879295916.jpg)

"The Road", Cormac Mc Carthy, today.

From start to finish, all afternoon long, I just couldn't stop reading.

Exceptionnal, deeply moving, the "after apocalypse" world described by Mc Carthy totally scaring, wide, strange ... this Father and Son, I could see them, feel them in their loneliness, their cold and damp clothes, under the thin grey dust coming from nowhere ...
When I closed the book, I realized I was on the terrace, in the garden, I could hear the children laugh and play in my neighbours' home, there was Sun shining, flowers everywhere ... but I can't stop thinking of that story, that book : after this post, I will call my 17 years old daughters who are in Disneyland Paris today to have fun, then prepare the meal for tonight.
This kind of book makes you feel how Life is thin, fragile and ... fantastic, with the ones we love !

Every year, I buy the Pulitzer Prize, this one in the best one I 've read for years and years, maybe the best book read these last few years.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 16, 2008, 10:26:54 AM
I'm gonna make that my holiday read this year Sylvie, on your recomendation.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 16, 2008, 11:21:19 AM
I'm gonna make that my holiday read this year Sylvie, on your recomendation.  :)

 :) hello Gant,
You won't be disappointed, it's a fantastic story.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 16, 2008, 05:31:27 PM
The upcoming movie could be good ... it stars Viggo Mortensen as the father. The New York Times did a feature about it recently:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/movies/27road.html
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Holden Pike on July 16, 2008, 05:44:24 PM
The upcoming movie could be good ... it stars Viggo Mortensen as the father. The New York Times did a feature about it recently:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/movies/27road.html

They've been shooting it around Portland, OR. I met Viggo briefly, just to shake his hand, back in May.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 16, 2008, 06:54:55 PM
Ooh! Ooh! Now I want to shake YOUR hand! (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/Lol.GIF)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on July 16, 2008, 09:36:45 PM
:) hello Gant,
You won't be disappointed, it's a fantastic story.

  I agree; its an awesome read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 17, 2008, 01:54:52 AM
The upcoming movie could be good ... it stars Viggo Mortensen as the father. The New York Times did a feature about it recently:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/movies/27road.html

Thank you KC, this article is very interesting to read . :)

I must admit that the book gave me a shock, really, as the whole story is so "believable" : maybe the film will give this deep feeling of loneliness, cold and terror as well.   
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 17, 2008, 06:27:11 AM
Already sucked into my i-pod and ready for the sunny beaches of Spain..  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 17, 2008, 04:30:39 PM
Wow, that's a great place to read a book about the end of the world! :o

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/05/27/arts/roadspan.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 18, 2008, 03:38:40 PM
Didn't actually read these, but a friend of mind gave me some copies of Dr. Bob Rotella's golf books on CD.

I'm in a bit of a slump this year and most of the problem is in my head as I seem to lose my cool fairly quickly lately and my love of the game was at all time low after last week's game, and these books have certainly helped me discover the passion again and hopefully the tips will work on the course in coming months.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41P11KNYWAL._SL500_BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510B5NZX4QL._SL500_BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41BWEMSV0DL._SL500_BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on July 19, 2008, 09:58:24 PM
(http://mostlyfiction.com/images/cover_L-W/whennines.jpg)


And, Philip K. Dick's Dr. Bloodmoney
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on July 20, 2008, 03:01:43 PM
John Dies At The End - David Wong

(http://www.fatally-yours.com/wp-content/uploads/john_dies_at_the_end__WinCE_.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 20, 2008, 03:03:09 PM
John Dies At The End - David Wong

Then why would I read it?  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on July 20, 2008, 03:11:35 PM
I had that same thought before I read it.  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on July 20, 2008, 05:35:07 PM
John Dies At The End - David Wong

Amazon continually puts this one at the top of my "Amazon Recommends" list.  I might check it out eventually.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on August 17, 2008, 08:50:32 PM
(http://image.evene.fr/img/livres/g/9782879295916.jpg)

"The Road", Cormac Mc Carthy, today.

From start to finish, all afternoon long, I just couldn't stop reading.

Exceptionnal, deeply moving, the "after apocalypse" world described by Mc Carthy totally scaring, wide, strange ... this Father and Son, I could see them, feel them in their loneliness, their cold and damp clothes, under the thin grey dust coming from nowhere ...
When I closed the book, I realized I was on the terrace, in the garden, I could hear the children laugh and play in my neighbours' home, there was Sun shining, flowers everywhere ... but I can't stop thinking of that story, that book : after this post, I will call my 17 years old daughters who are in Disneyland Paris today to have fun, then prepare the meal for tonight.
This kind of book makes you feel how Life is thin, fragile and ... fantastic, with the ones we love !

Every year, I buy the Pulitzer Prize, this one in the best one I 've read for years and years, maybe the best book read these last few years.

I have never read a novel in a day's period until today. I read The Road and I finished it about 15 minutes ago. I had a hard time reading the last few pages due to the words becoming blurry because of the tears in my eyes. I went over to my sleeping son and gave him a kiss on his forehead and whispered "I love you" over his sleeping face. It was a scary and wonderful story that was believable. I too cannot stop thinking about it Sylvie. I could relate to the story as a father and as a young boy. I loved this novel.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on August 20, 2008, 11:44:40 AM
(http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/_images/ISBNCovers/Covers_Enlarged/9780446693028_388X586.jpg)

Great fun  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on August 20, 2008, 03:11:49 PM
A Long Way Gone

Good read.  There have been allegations that he embellished and/or lied about his account.  Who knows, but interesting and sad regardless.

(http://a1.vox.com/6a00d4141cc720685e00e398bdbef90001-320pi)

This is awesome.  One of the best non-fiction reads I've come across the past few years.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on September 14, 2008, 12:13:24 PM
(http://www.26.org.uk/uploadedfiles/kill.jpg)

  If you can handle it, give this one a shot because its a well-written and darkly funny ride through the cutthroat record industry.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Walt on September 17, 2008, 09:14:02 AM
"Savage" by Richard Laymon. A fantastic tale which sees Jack The Ripper flee to the wild west where he intends passing his deeds off as the work of "the local savages"

It was a great read whilst lying on my sunbed in Barcelona. Now, when  Is it holiday time again ?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on September 17, 2008, 12:17:57 PM
I've heard of Savage, and would like to read it. I noticed that the chapter titles are reminiscent to 19th century British novels, which was a nice touch from Laymon.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: WeAllHaveItCominKid on September 17, 2008, 05:51:30 PM

Duke: We're Glad We Knew You: John Wayne's Friends and Colleagues Remember His Remarkable Life by Herb Fagen

This is essential for any John Wayne fan. I couldn't put it down!

http://www.amazon.com/Duke-Friends-Colleagues-Remember-Remarkable/dp/0806520566/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221702424&sr=1-3
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on December 16, 2008, 11:43:44 PM
(http://i17.tinypic.com/4qht3zs.jpg)

  I read this for two reasons:

1. The author's web-site is hilarious, though its not for anyone who is easily offended and/or doesn't get anything more subtle than "bonk on the head" humor.
2. There is a man punching a gorilla on the front cover.

  The book is not as funny or interesting as the web-site (which is pure genius in parts), but it was still a fun afternoon read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on December 20, 2008, 01:21:12 PM
 ;D ;D I'd never seen the cover before.


Batman: The Long Halloween
(http://www.starstore.com/acatalog/batman_the_long_halloween.bmp)


It is a favorite of Christian Bale apparently.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 21, 2008, 02:46:48 AM
Quote
Leon. Ingredients and Recipies
by  Allegra McEvedy

(http://www3.waterstones.com/wat/images/nbd/m/73/9781840915020.jpg)

Leon was voted Best new Resaurant in London in 2005... They are a fast food chain that specialioses in healthy eating..
I've always enjoyed eating there and I'm getting more and more into cooking as I get older so I thought I'd give their book a go..

Theres over 140 recipies here, many used in their restaurants.. I've already mastered the Breakfast Power Smoothis...  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on December 21, 2008, 12:37:55 PM
2. There is a man punching a gorilla on the front cover.
Maybe sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on December 23, 2008, 10:13:56 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51v%2BL8NfGIL._SL210_.jpg)

Somme Mud

  One Australian infantryman's experiences on the front line during World War I.  It does read a bit more like a diary than "All Quiet on the Western Front".

  Great book; hard to put down.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 25, 2008, 05:08:30 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51llt7Y4eaL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)


The story of Harry Patch who is 110 and still able to talk about his life. He went out to Passiondale last year to see the place he 'went over the top'.    He is a lovely man and has gone to schools talking to children about war and what it does to people.     The book is excellent and very simmilar, I am sure, to Somme Mud.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on December 25, 2008, 10:44:21 AM
The story of Harry Patch who is 110...He went out to Passiondale last year to see the place he 'went over the top'.

  I'll look into that one; sounds interesting.  There is also a very good movie about Canadian soldiers in WWI called Passchendaele that came out this year.
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092082/


  I'm a sucker for all the Man Booker prize books, so I had to check out the hugely original The White Tiger.

(https://www.bookrabbit.com/mediaserver/large/9781/8435/9781843547204.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on December 25, 2008, 10:10:06 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51llt7Y4eaL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)


The story of Harry Patch who is 110 and still able to talk about his life. He went out to Passiondale last year to see the place he 'went over the top'.    He is a lovely man and has gone to schools talking to children about war and what it does to people.     The book is excellent and very simmilar, I am sure, to Somme Mud.

I am going to have to read that one Lin. I want to hear what this man has to say about a time that is long gone.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 26, 2008, 06:57:47 AM
I am going to have to read that one Lin. I want to hear what this man has to say about a time that is long gone.

I would recommend it Richard Earl.  It isn't a very big book but it says a lot.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on December 26, 2008, 10:51:53 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Y5V7YSAWL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading that.  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on January 04, 2009, 09:18:37 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41WHQJFTKJL._SL160_.jpg)

and I just started on...

(http://www.easterwood.org/hmmn/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/beeverberlinS.jpg)

Beevor is the guy that did the Excellent Stalingrad, so I'm curious to finally check this one out.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Chris66 on January 04, 2009, 10:44:15 AM
Just finished reading Body Of Lies and I have started to read A Clockwork Orange.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Brendan on January 04, 2009, 12:14:20 PM
In HD of course, right?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 04, 2009, 01:35:56 PM
^ ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 04, 2009, 09:52:15 PM
(http://www.justgolf.com.au/x-scripts/oscommerce/images/golf-my-way.jpg)

Each Christmas while I have a four week break from playing, I always go back and read this book from cover to cover. It is in my opinion the best instructional book on how to play golf ever written, by the greatest player ever.

Plus once I'm finished reading it, I'm raring to go for another big year.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on January 04, 2009, 10:21:32 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175041710m/472331.jpg)

I'm really looking forward to the Watchmen movie this March.

(http://mostlyfiction.com/images/cover_L-C/dreamsfather.jpg)

Very nice writing style.  I enjoyed the descriptions and the unguarded thoughts and struggles of our now president-elect at a time long before he'd considered the possibility of running for president.  Looking forward to the Oliver Stone film sometime in a few years.   ;)


I also bought The Reader and The Road today.  I'll give those a try.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on January 04, 2009, 10:31:22 PM
 Doug,I am curious on your thoughts after you read The Road. I loved it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on January 05, 2009, 01:04:44 AM
Doug,I am curious on your thoughts after you read The Road. I loved it.

Just like me !  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 05, 2009, 06:53:20 AM
(http://www.thechessdrum.net/historicmoments/HM_Simutowe/photos/The_Alchemist2.jpg)

Not my usual kinda read but recomended by a friend..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on February 03, 2009, 08:16:25 AM
(http://www.simonsays.com/assets/isbn/1416961151/C_1416961151.jpg)

I needed something light and easy after the good, but gloomy and lengthy Berlin: The Downfall 1945.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on February 03, 2009, 08:37:57 AM
(http://www.thechessdrum.net/historicmoments/HM_Simutowe/photos/The_Alchemist2.jpg)

Not my usual kinda read but recomended by a friend..

I haven't read this book but Paulo coelho is Brasilian, you know. I wonder who recommend it to you. ???
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on February 03, 2009, 08:44:23 AM
(http://www.simonsays.com/assets/isbn/1416961151/C_1416961151.jpg)

I needed something light and easy after the good, but gloomy and lengthy Berlin: The Downfall 1945.
Well, that looks interesting. ;D What's the basic premise, Conan?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 03, 2009, 11:21:27 AM
It was recomended by someone I was working with Aline.... Not a bad read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on February 03, 2009, 12:37:59 PM
(http://christianbirmingham.com/images/illustration/the_snow_queen/snow_queen_cover.jpg)


A book for "children", "The Snow Queen" by H.C Andersen ...  brillantly illustrated by the famous artist Christian Birmingham. Bought yesterday.

I've always loved Andersen, I've got sereral illustrated or not books of that fantastic story-teller, several translations, old books sometimes.
I've never met someone sharing the same passion for the great Danish writer ... maybe someone here ? ;)

Here is the link with the illustrator's site. Beautiful drawings or paintings.
 http://christianbirmingham.com/illustration_html/the_snow_queen/snow_queen.html (http://christianbirmingham.com/illustration_html/the_snow_queen/snow_queen.html)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on February 03, 2009, 04:10:17 PM
(http://www.leechild.com/images/hardway_uk_pb.jpg) (http://www.leechild.com/images/badluck_uk_pb.jpg)

http://www.leechild.com/hardway.php  &  http://www.leechild.com/badluck.php

I can`t say that Lee Child`s books are masterpieces but they sure are entertaining  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on February 03, 2009, 06:22:58 PM
Well, that looks interesting. ;D What's the basic premise, Conan?

Basic premise is cartoons of murderous penguins.  The book is hit and miss, but mostly funny and certainly not for kids.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 11, 2009, 02:44:03 PM
I just finished this one last night.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PG60V7B2L._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

As it says on the back cover:

Quote
Strange Disappearances, Unsolved Murders & Inexplicable events.

A very good read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on March 11, 2009, 10:09:27 PM
Picnic at Hanging Rock (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0073540/)? ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Southern cat on March 11, 2009, 10:21:31 PM
I just finished this one last night.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PG60V7B2L._SL500_AA240_.jpg)


Any stories we might know about SK?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 11, 2009, 10:36:18 PM
Any stories we might know about SK?

All the big ones, like the disapperance of Harold Holt, the Beaumont kids.

Lots of UFO sightings and strange glowing globes out in the outback and even a story about how Breaker Morant may have survived the firing squad?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Southern cat on March 11, 2009, 10:56:40 PM
Sounds like a cool book SK, I think I'll grab a copy.

Now if they could explain another mystery, why they named the Harold Holt public swimming pool in Malvern(Vic) after he drowned. :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 12, 2009, 12:01:29 AM
There's another book called Great Australian Mysteries 2, which I was going to start, but have decided to save it for later.

Tonight I'm starting Jeffrey Archer's False Impression.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on March 12, 2009, 03:46:03 PM
Doug,I am curious on your thoughts after you read The Road. I loved it.

I finally got around to reading The Road.  I have to admit, at first I was a little skeptical.  I was a bit turned off by the monotony of the scenes, the horrible overuse of sentence fragments, and rather stilted conversations all ending with the kid going "Okay."  But the book turned out rather amazing, and of course, very disturbing, while really showcasing a father's love for his son.  And strictly from a literary viewpoint, I thought the ending was incredibly good.  Now I'm curious how the film will turn out, and I wonder if all the images of the book will make it into the film, because there's a few really disturbing ones, in particular the image of the baby.  I'm glad I read it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on March 12, 2009, 03:53:56 PM
Doug, was that the first Cormac McCarthy book you've read? I haven't read any of his yet, but I'd like to. The Road does sound good, along with Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on March 12, 2009, 08:33:43 PM
Yeah, first McCarthy book I've read, besides just skimming through No Country.  There's a few of his books that sound good, but it could be a while before I pursue any of them.  Blood Meridian sounds good, you're right.  You should pick up The Road.  I'm pretty certain you won't regret it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on March 13, 2009, 06:33:17 AM
(http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh205/raissa_2008/capalivro.jpg?t=1236950298)
Single: the insuperable charm of the free woman

Original in Italian: Single. Il fascino intramontabile della donna libera

Humorous work, as you can see in the back cover:

Quote
There are three kinds of single women:

1- the ones single by their own choice: beautiful, free and fabulous

2- the ones single by lack of option: desperate, gnawed fingernails, monstrous dark circles under the eyes, share the life with a cat or a dog

3- the ones single by soul: even living with someone in a regular basis, has a luxurious free spirit

Bought it by chance, the cover is so cute, but it has been a fun read. A book addressed to women but I think guys can enjoy it too :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on March 18, 2009, 11:04:20 AM
(http://static.bookdepository.co.uk/assets/images/book/large/9780/7528/9780752852935.jpg)

Not as funny as you might expect but still very intresting read if you`re a fan of the Monty Python.

(http://www.like.fi/kirjakeko/kannet/9789520101596.jpg)

Not the greatest novel by James Ellroy but definitely a good read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on April 11, 2009, 03:45:15 AM
(http://bitterqueen.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8342adfcf53ef0112790b64df28a4-200wi)

This one is by Pablo Escobar's brother.  He mentioned that they spent thousands of dollars on rubber bands per month just to wrap the cash.  :o

(http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/neil-strauss-emergency.jpg)

I like Neil Strauss, so I automatically picked this one up.  Good stuff  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on April 25, 2009, 06:14:44 AM
(http://www.bookishness.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/a-fraction-of-the-whole-by-steve-toltz.jpg)

I'm in the midst of this crazy adventure; good stuff  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on April 25, 2009, 06:47:43 AM
Nice cover.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on April 25, 2009, 08:58:01 AM
Nice cover.

  You can judge by it, assuming the first 100 pages are any indication of the rest of the book.  8)  I've got some long drives ahead of me next week, and this will help pass the time.  I've never seen such crazy characters be so believable.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on April 25, 2009, 09:01:09 AM
(http://content.vcommerce.com/products/331/20907331/main-205.jpg)
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. I really liked this one. It's for younger readers, meaning it could be used in schools. The whole novel is written in poetic form, and is about a young African refugee coming to Minnesota to stay with some relatives while he waits to get word on whether or not his mom is okay.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on April 26, 2009, 02:16:34 PM
(http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articles/images/literary_devil_may_care_cover.jpg)

Faulks had an intresting idea of starting where Fleming`s last  Bond novel had stopped.Also Faulks tries to write as Fleming might have...but still this is pretty mediocre book and very light read.

http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/literary/devil_may_care.php3?s=literary

Now reading

(http://www.like.fi/kirjakeko/kannet/9524715767.jpg)

 ;)

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on April 28, 2009, 09:00:47 AM
Hope I'm not crossing any line here but I was passing by the bookstore the other day and saw a book with my name on the cover. So I bought it. It's a humor book, kind of...yeah, porn. Funny porn.
Anyone can't blame me, if any of you saw a book with your name printed on it I'm sure you'd buy too.

(http://i.s8.com.br/images/books/cover/img2/1331832_4.jpg)

I have only this one but I've seen the author has many others using this "character". Another of his gems is "Rocky and Hudson" ???

If anyone want to check, here is a link, but is in portuguese. And don't click on them if this kind of humor upsets you.

http://www2.uol.com.br/adaoonline/v2/loja/livros.jpg (http://www2.uol.com.br/adaoonline/v2/loja/livros.jpg)
http://www2.uol.com.br/adaoonline/v2/tiras/aline/aline.htm (http://www2.uol.com.br/adaoonline/v2/tiras/aline/aline.htm)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on April 28, 2009, 10:31:37 AM
Anyone can't blame me, if any of you saw a book with your name printed on it I'm sure you'd buy too.
I can relate, Aline. Though I didn't buy the book, I was sorta tempted to when I saw the title The Christopher Killer. :o

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51b6enlXPWL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on April 28, 2009, 12:15:26 PM
You should be bought it, Christopher, it seems interesting.

I got a little worried after posting that even tough if there aren't any children on the board. Just letting you know the book doesn't have explicit content, it's just a cartoon and some dialogues are just hilarious. I'm even considering to buy the other ones. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Southern cat on April 29, 2009, 03:53:28 AM
(http://www.bookishness.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/a-fraction-of-the-whole-by-steve-toltz.jpg)

I'm in the midst of this crazy adventure; good stuff  O0

One of the guys at work is reading this one. He seems to like it so far.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 29, 2009, 10:33:08 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tylN-6YtL._SL160_AA115_.jpg)   A Life In Pictures.  Clint Eastwood.

Not so much a read more a look at.   The pictures are fantastic so I sat down a looked/read it all afternoon.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on May 05, 2009, 10:50:14 AM
The Talented Mr Ripley...

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n11/n57473.jpg)

Thoroughly enjoyed this.. at last.
I'm gonna read more of her books.. starting with a collection of short stories..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: allycat on May 07, 2009, 03:39:31 PM
I have a book group I go to every month, been going since Sept 2005, so I end up reading a lot of books. Trouble is, I don't have time for books beyond book group!

The last one I read was Revolutionary Road. It was a good read, but boy, was it depressing. I didn't go and see the film because it looked pretty depressing, and I wasn't in the mood for it. But the book is depressing too! I do recommend it though. I loved the writing style and it really conjures up a picture of 1950s surburban America.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 07, 2009, 03:42:30 PM
Gant radio 4 has just run a series of Mr Ripley plays and they were so good I plan to read the book too.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on May 07, 2009, 10:33:51 PM
The Talented Mr Ripley...

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n11/n57473.jpg)

Thoroughly enjoyed this.. at last.
I'm gonna read more of her books.. starting with a collection of short stories..

It's nice to see another fan.  I definitely recommend reading the other Ripley books.  They're less psychologically complex but in many ways more fun to read. 

Ripley Under Ground is my favorite of the sequels and is probably the best.  Here Ripley has settled into a comfortable existence and we find him with a wife.  Now Tom's sexuality is open for debate, but I tend to think that just as he is amoral, he is also mostly asexual.  And remember Tom is a self-made man in the most extreme way and part of that invention of himself apparently included a wife.  But he is happy that she makes few sexual demands of him.  Appropriately, Tom earns some extra money from an art forgery scam, and he asks the question: Why shouldn't a good forgery be every bit as valuable as an original?  In fact, Tom prefers the forgery, which should only be natural since his life is in many ways a forgery. 

Ripley's Game is not only the most action-packed of all the Ripley books, but is the most action-packed of all of Highsmith's books.  It's twice been made into a film, the first time as The American Friend, starring Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley.  Despite the fact that Dennis Hopper was a very strange choice to play Tom Ripley, the film surprisingly works in many ways.  The book was adapted again a few years ago, now with John Malkovich as Tom Ripley.  As miscast as Dennis Hopper was, I think John Malkovich was an even worse choice.  And it's not so much that there's anything wrong with the movie, it's just that there's very little right with it, apart from a few good moments of suspense.

The Boy Who Followed Ripley is my least favorite of the Ripley books.  It starts off with lots of promise and is quite good, and then all of a sudden it just veers off and spends the last half just wandering around going nowhere.  It does play around with ideas of sexual identity and changing gender roles, but ultimately I just didn't find that it added up to anything.

Ripley Under Water is the last of the so-called Ripliad, and was published 36 years after The Talented Mr. Ripley.  It's mostly pretty lightweight, but it's nice to get one more chance to hang out with the world's most endearing psychopath. 


I think by far of the many film adaptations Anthony Minghella's 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley is the best.  I have little doubt Patricia Highsmith would have loved it, and it's the reason I discovered her books and the reason for her sudden popularity, which sadly is already fading again, but at least it meant after all her work was brought back into print that I was able to collect them all.  I had so hoped there would be more Ripley films starring Matt Damon, but that never transpired and of course we lost Anthony Minghella a year or so ago.  My only complaint with the film was the last murder, which is not in the book, and the fact that Tom kills the person who knows him as Tom Ripley while the person who knows him as Dickie Greenleaf remains alive.  They kind of didn't think that one through.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on May 07, 2009, 10:53:51 PM
Doug, have you ever seen Purple Noon (Plein soleil), the René Clément adaptation (in French) of The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Alain Delon? It's been years since I saw it, but I recall finding it a very striking film at the time. (I've never read the books, but maybe this will inspire me.)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on May 08, 2009, 01:44:23 AM
Doug, have you ever seen Purple Noon (Plein soleil), the René Clément adaptation (in French) of The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Alain Delon? It's been years since I saw it, but I recall finding it a very striking film at the time. (I've never read the books, but maybe this will inspire me.)

Yes, I saw it a few years ago.  I liked it quite a bit, and Alain Delon was great as Tom Ripley.  The ending was all wrong, of course.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on May 15, 2009, 09:14:38 AM
I liked this one quite a bit.Really entertaining book  :

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/31190000/31197270.JPG)

 O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on June 10, 2009, 11:56:08 AM
(http://www.hylobatidae.org/minerva/files/user_id_1/world_without_us.jpg)

A book about how the world would be if humans just vanished. Entertaining, and educational. Some stuff in there that I knew, but more that I didn't.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on June 10, 2009, 02:25:21 PM
(http://www.hylobatidae.org/minerva/files/user_id_1/world_without_us.jpg)

The cover reminds me Mystic River poster :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 11, 2009, 09:42:06 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41xc3qHRHWL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

Parkinson interviewed so many famous people and he tells many funny and sad anecdotes about a lot of them.  On page 324 he mentions meeting and interviewing Clint Eastwood and also Kyle.  There is a nice picture of him with Clint too,   He says Clint asked him and his wife Mary to join him for dinner and then go on to see Kyle play at a jazz club.  Parkinson refused saying he was too tired.  His wife Mary has NEVER forgiven him!!!   I don't blame her.  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on June 24, 2009, 10:38:18 AM
Michael Crichton - Prey

(https://www.cyberread.com/files/00/38/49/Prey.jpg)

He's written better. Flawed, and the ending was rushed but still entertaining.


Ian Fleming - From Russia, With Love

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/1c/Frwlpenguin.jpg/180px-Frwlpenguin.jpg)

Probably his best. And probably my favorite one.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 25, 2009, 11:54:26 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pZx3lSYFL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

One of the nicest, funniest and saddest books about a dog that I have ever read.  He does not die at the end and leaves you laughing.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tStmhvE%2BL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

I expect the movie to be different. The book is sad and funny.  I could never read it again knowing the ending.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on July 14, 2009, 03:35:51 AM
(http://media.npr.org/programs/atc/features/2006/apr/chernobyl/voices_cover200x300.jpg)

Survivors from the Chernobyl disaster recount their experiences.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dqXIF9MH3lk/SgOFW81Jq-I/AAAAAAAAG_M/hSjQJZmSpA8/s320/Mad_ones.jpg)

Just started this one...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on July 14, 2009, 03:14:41 PM
Yet another Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child  O0

(http://www.leechild.com/images/NTL_uk_pb.jpg)

http://www.leechild.com/NTL.php
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 14, 2009, 04:48:57 PM
Trying to finish this before I see the movie version at Scandinavia House tomorrow night ...

(http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/4436/tornerose.jpg)

I've read it before, years ago, don't remember a thing about the plot. Staalesen is one of my favorite Nordic crime writers, though I haven't kept up with his stuff in recent years.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on July 15, 2009, 02:31:16 PM
(http://mostlyfiction.com/images/cover_L-A/bodysurfing.jpg)   (http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/29520000/29522767.JPG)    (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/Goldfingerpenguin.jpg/200px-Goldfingerpenguin.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 19, 2009, 11:19:59 PM
http://club.recherche.aol.fr/aol/idoidPage?query=frank+mccourt+died&type=web&pageNum=1&title=Author+Frank+McCourt+dead%3A+New+York+Times+-+Yahoo%21+News&s_it=web_serp&s_cid=101587159805663479538737533658709796146&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.yahoo.com%2Fs%2Fafp%2F20090719%2Fen_afp%2Fentertainmentliteratureusirelandmccourtreport (http://club.recherche.aol.fr/aol/idoidPage?query=frank+mccourt+died&type=web&pageNum=1&title=Author+Frank+McCourt+dead%3A+New+York+Times+-+Yahoo%21+News&s_it=web_serp&s_cid=101587159805663479538737533658709796146&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.yahoo.com%2Fs%2Fafp%2F20090719%2Fen_afp%2Fentertainmentliteratureusirelandmccourtreport)

The great writer Frank Mc Court died at the age of 78, I've just heard that sad news on the radio.

I love his famous "Angela's Ashes " (Pulitzer Prize), then "'TIS", two books that I often offered to my friends.

R.I.P Monsieur Mc Court.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on July 31, 2009, 09:55:55 AM
(http://www.sarjakuva.com/banaanipokkarit/keikkakuski.jpg)

Duane Swierczynski`s Wheel Man.I wouldn`t be surprised if somebody would make film out of this book.It`s really fast going,action filled and surprisingly funny.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on August 26, 2009, 12:55:37 AM
           (http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/39510000/39513754.PNG)
 

Almost an Evening is a collection of three short plays by Ethan Coen, who with his brother Joel have made some of the best movies of the past twenty-five years.  I love reading plays and was interested in seeing what Ethan Coen would do with the format, and all I can say is I was really disappointed in all three short plays.  I know reading plays isn't the same as seeing them performed, but I highly doubt I'll ever get a chance to see this show, and I'm not even sure I'd go out of my way to see it.  The reviews for last year's short off-Broadway run were generally moderately positive, from what I've seen, so maybe I was just expecting more or maybe they were just not wanting to be too negative, because I didn't find any highly postive reviews.  I can't recommend it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on September 25, 2009, 06:49:59 AM
(http://popculturenerd.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/bad-day1.jpg)

A Bad Day For Sorry

This was pretty good.  I don't usually read crime novels, but this one is different enough in alot of ways from most in the genre.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on September 30, 2009, 05:11:44 AM
            (http://www.lpm-editores.com.br/v3/livros/Imagens/pocket459(1).jpg)
             (written inside the baloon) "I hate mondays"

            (http://www.lpm-editores.com.br/v3/livros/Imagens/garfield_10(1).jpg)
            "The king of lazyness"
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 30, 2009, 07:44:52 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UaDTVhuyL._SS500_.jpg)

This book is translated from Welsh.  It contains the anonymous eleven stories of Celtic mythology and Authurian tales. Dragons, witches and giants live beside kings and heroes.  The stories are of quests, honour, revenge and love taken from the White Book of Rhydderch and the Red Book of Hergest.  Tales of a shapeshifter who can make a woman out of flowers and more ancient stories.    I am really enjoying these stories.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on October 02, 2009, 11:34:14 AM
(http://www.sarjakuva.com/banaanipokkarit/viimeinensuudelma.jpg)

Allan Guthrie`s Kiss Her Goodbye   O0

http://www.allanguthrie.co.uk/pages/books/kiss_her_goodbye.php
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 03, 2009, 12:25:48 AM
(http://modculture.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451cbb069e20120a57fa0ae970b-800wi)


Max and the lost note  by Graham Marsh

A great kids book that adults can read.... very hip.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on October 05, 2009, 10:20:02 AM
(http://ebooks-imgs.connect.com/product/400/000/000/000/000/093/359/400000000000000093359_s4.jpg)

Not the best  Dortmunder novel but still entertaining and funny as usually.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on October 06, 2009, 07:46:19 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/65/Ludlum_-_The_Bourne_Identity_Coverart.png) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1c/Ludlum_-_The_Bourne_Supremacy_Coverart.png) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bb/Ludlum_-_The_Bourne_Ultimatum_Coverart.png)


Had read them all before but never back-to-back-to-back. Was a real treat.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on October 07, 2009, 02:56:11 AM
About Ludlum ,I used to love reading his novels (my favourites being The Parsifal Mosaic and The Holcroft Covenant) but for some reason nowdays I find his way of writing kind of slow and dull.I tried to read The Bourne Ultimatum but couldn`t get too far.

Btw a writer called Eric Van Lustbader has continued writing more Bourne novels,such as The Bourne Legacy,The Bourne Betrayal,The Bourne Sanction, The Bourne Deception and The Bourne Objective.I have not read any of them and I´m not really that intrested in them.However I´ve read Lustbader`s The Ninja which was great book when I was 10 or 11 years old  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on October 09, 2009, 01:43:22 PM
I've heard about those novels but I've read that they're all bad. The character is different and there are other changes too. I'd read one if I had the chance but there are plenty of other books I want to read first. Yeah Ultimatum is the weakest of the trilogy but I still enjoy it. The filler and sometimes the dialogue annoys me though. Identity is a real favorite though and I really enjoy Supremacy as well.



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Just re-read The Secret Adversary and right now going through The Secret of Chimneys.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on October 10, 2009, 05:38:34 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Secret_Adversary_First_Edition_Cover_1922.jpg)(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/18/The_Secret_of_Chimneys_First_Edition_Cover_1925.jpg)

Just re-read The Secret Adversary and right now going through The Secret of Chimneys.

I love Agatha Christie too. Those books aren't "recently" read, I did it in a while but they are some of my favorite.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 10, 2009, 08:24:52 AM
Sherlock Holmes .. The Speckled Band

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 30, 2009, 01:41:32 AM
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Don Quixote   by   Miguel de Cervantes

(http://www.depts.drew.edu/engl/events/marathon/PicassoDonQuixoteSancho.jpg)

Loved this book as a kid and thought it about time for a re-read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on November 16, 2009, 06:15:42 AM
(http://www.tantor.com/BookImage/0184_DyingUpHere_D.jpg)

This book is awesome.  It covers the rise of modern stand-up comedy while briefly highlighting each of the popular comedians of the 70s/80s, and their internal feuds.  The main background is the once mega-famous Comedy Store.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on November 16, 2009, 06:40:06 AM
(http://www.lexpress.fr/images/jaquettes/63/9782714445063.gif)

 or "Let The Great World Spin" in English, Collum Mc Cann


One of my favourite writers, I buy every book he made without knowing what is there inside ... I've never been disappointed, and this last one is beautiful, terribly moving, sad, but full of hope.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on November 20, 2009, 10:45:04 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/Big-greattrainrobbery.jpg)
All around well-written. Didn't find it particularly suspenseful though, even though I heard it was. Still really enjoyed it though, it was a fun read.

(http://thejourneyreaders.com/userfiles/TheStreetSmall.JPG)
This one was for a class, and it's a really good book. She hits the mark with the social commentary. Bleak though, very bleak. Not that I mind.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_BseaLMuSYMk/SrEfdyd7OqI/AAAAAAAACpk/wHwZP_6tV8A/s400/nytrilogy.jpg)
Only read the second story, Ghosts, because that was the only one required for the class, but I'll definitely read the other two stories collected here. The twist caught me by surprise, and thinking back on it I should have guessed.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/96/Death_on_the_Nile_First_Edition_Cover_1937.jpg)
I think this was the first Christie novel where I guessed at who the murderer's were. Didn't lessen my enjoyment of it though, and it still holds up on a re-read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on November 21, 2009, 05:01:57 AM
You have been busy, Alcy :)

Love this cover
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There is a movie with the same name, I think.

Death on the Nile is great. I have a bunch of Agatha's books. I love her fertile imagination and her characteres, specially Poirot :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on November 22, 2009, 05:46:58 AM
(http://media.paperblog.fr/i/249/2499533/shutter-island-dennis-lehane-L-1.jpeg)

"Shutter Island" Dennis Lehane
If the film by Scorsese, with Leonardo Di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo is as good as the book .... that will be a great film !!!
- Two Marshals for an enquiery : scaring, strange atmosphere of that Island full of mystery, madness and doctors ! The end is VERY surprising !
Another very good Lehane !!! O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Americanbeauty on November 22, 2009, 08:18:42 AM
^^ that's good to know Sylvie  O0
However, I am not sure I can do both: read the book and watch the movie. Whatever I end up doing first (book or movie), I will feel I have been spoiled. So I have to pick one  :-\

Has anyone read Richard Ford's Independence Day? I heard it was great and I thought I'd give it a try.

It doesn't necessarily mean anything as far as whether or not I will like it, but it did win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1996 (I think).
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Aline on December 11, 2009, 07:01:36 AM
Didn't read it yet, but I'm very happy that I got this yesterday:)

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on December 11, 2009, 09:41:36 AM
It was a slow night at work so I killed time reading once more this one:

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"On the dance floor half a dozen couples were throwing themselves around with the reckless abandon of a night watchman with arthritis "  8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 12, 2009, 12:47:21 AM
Michael Mansfield... Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer

(http://keeleuniversitypressoffice.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/mansfieldcover.jpg)

I've always been interested in law.. Mansfield has been involved as a defence lawyer in some of the biggest cases in recent British criminal history. A very interesting read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on December 16, 2009, 06:38:42 PM
(http://lighthousepatriotjournal.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/leningrad-stateofsiege.jpg)

Good book that really shows how desperation can bring out the best and worst in people.  Mainly thanks to Stalin having his best generals executed out of paranoia in the late 30s, the Germans were able to surround Leningrad (what is now Saint Petersburg) during WWII.  Nearly a million people starved during the siege.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 17, 2009, 12:18:57 AM


The Buddha of Suberbia

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Read this first back at college many years ago.

Hilarious and totally original picture of the life of a young Pakistani growing up in 70's London.

Still a great read. Turned into a tv series some years back with a great soundtrack by David Bowie.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 03, 2010, 07:20:19 PM
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I'm a big fan of the film as you all know and I bought this about 15-20 years ago in a second hand book shop for about a $1 or $2. It wasn't in great condition but I just had to have it for that price.

Decided to read it again a couple of months back and up until a few days ago had only read just over half of it, but with my new enthusiasm for reading I polished off the last 100 pages in a couple of days.

It's just as good as the movie if not better. The pages where they have the three they suspect of cattle rustling and murder and are getting ready to lynch them is well written and it gets the heart racing even though I knew how it all ends that I couldn't put it down. I even started reading during the daytime.

Not many books have that effect on me.

If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: D'Ambrosia on January 04, 2010, 10:58:22 PM
Finished this one over the holidays…

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Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy-1958

Overleaf

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Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy is a history of the Confederate guerrillas who- under the ruthless command of such men as William C. Quantrill and "Bloody Bill" Anderson- plunged Missouri into a bloody, vicious conflict of an intensity unequaled in any other theater of the Civil War.  Among their numbers were Frank and Jesse James and Cole and James Younger, who would later become infamous by extending the tactics they had learned during the war into civilian life.

Really a great read about the Kansas/Missouri boarder war .  I found that I couldn’t put the thing down.  So many colorful characters I found myself plugging Josey Wales in just for the fun of it.

Some interesting facts I found in the book:  

General Stand Watie was a Cherokee Confederate who led an all-Indian regimen in the Indian Nations.

Senator Jim Lane of Kansas is quoted in the book as actually saying, “Everything disloyal, from a Shanghai rooster to a Durham cow, must be cleaned out…”  

At the end of the war Fletcher Taylor tried to get the rest of his fellow partisans to surrender peacefully.    

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The real secret of their success in combat against their more numerous Union enemy, aside form their guerrilla tactics, lay in their superior weapon, the Colt revolving pistol.  The revolver was the primary weapon of Quantrill’s men, and there is abundant evidence that they were deadly with this frontier weapon.  It became customary for the guerrillas to carry from two to eight revolvers in their belts and on their saddles.  These rapid firing, five and six shot weapons, in addition to the customary Sharps carbine, gave them a tremendous volume of fire power.


Union Captain Edward Terrill hunted down and killed William Quantrill.

There was a field commander Colonel Thomas Moonlight.

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The “guerrilla shirt” was patterned after the hunting coat of the Western plainsman, was cut low in front, the slit narrowing to a point above the belt and ending in a rosette.  The garment had four big pockets, two in the breast, and ranged in color from brilliant red to homespun butternut.  They were made by the mothers, wives, and sweethearts of the guerrillas, and many were elaborately decorated with colored needlework.


Anyway, highly recommended for anyone interested in the American Civil War or any Josey Wales fan…
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 04, 2010, 11:20:18 PM
Great stuff, D'Amb!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on January 05, 2010, 02:50:31 PM
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Picked this up for 50 cents. Can't beat that really. My favorite of his.


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Lot of great lines in this one. My favorite has always been: "Brody took a gun out of the cigar box and pointed it at my nose. I looked at the gun. It was a black Police .39. I had no argument against it at the moment." Going to read the rest of them too.

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: PeterD on January 15, 2010, 02:47:10 AM
The Golden Orange by Joseph Wambaugh.

Joseph Wambaugh's earlier books were renown for their black humour which would sometimes be so good that you would laugh out loud. He told stories of cops walking the beat and living on the edge.

As the years passed, he seemed to strongly veer away from this sort of story and go towards stories with cops as a side attraction but novels that were more about human nature.

In this novel, we are in the Golden Orange, an area where the very rich people play and we get to see Winnie, a former cop and current alcoholic who is down on his luck, who meets a wealthy woman who has secrets.

The book itself is not terrible or anything, it is just ordinary. There is very little humour and it just seems to me like the author was writing about the people that he spends time with. The problem is that the wealthy tend to be rather dull......
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on January 15, 2010, 03:45:35 AM
James Ellroy has been on a lot of French TV and radio for several days to promote his last book called "Underworld -USA", and that has just been traslated in french : does anybdy here have already read it ? What do you think about it ?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 15, 2010, 08:08:38 AM
James Ellroy has been on a lot of French TV and radio for several days to promote his last book called "Underworld -USA", and that has just been traslated in french : does anybdy here have already read it ? What do you think about it ?

If I´m not mistaken Ellroy`s "Underworld- USA" is actually three different books,a trilogy;American Tabloid,The Cold Six Thousand and the latest Blood`s A Rover.

I have read them all (finished Blood`s A Rover just a few days ago).I liked them a lot.I love the way Ellroy writes and how he mixes the history and fiction. There`s characters from real life persons;J Edgar Hoover,Howard Hughes and  Richard M.Nixon to fictional ones.
If you liked his L.A. Quartet which included books:The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz you`ll like this trilogy too.
Also his Lloyd Hopkins trilogy is not bad at all if not as great as those other books of his.

Btw Ellroy`s coming to Finland to promote Blood`s A Rover,next month.Got to be there when he`s interviewed.Evidently he is quite a character in life  ;)

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on January 15, 2010, 08:32:00 AM
 :) Thank you very much Hemlock ! That will be my next purchase at the bookshop. Among all the books you talked about, I've got The Black Dalhia, L.A Confidential but in French, too difficult for me to read Ellroy in original version ...

You're right when you says that he is quite a character in life : he was on Canal + Channel yesterday evening, everything he said was really powerful, nearly strange too sometimes : he talked about Howard Hugues, and critized the way he has been represented in "Aviator" with Leonardo Di Caprio, you could feel that he could talk and talk for hours.
 He said too that he loves France because he has always sold more books here than in the USA !  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 15, 2010, 05:12:50 PM
Call the Guinness Book Of Records people. I've read a book in less than two weeks!!!!

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I really enjoyed this and have started on Great Expectations already. I couldn't put it down, every chance I got to read a chapter or two I did. I don't think I've ever done that in my life.

I'm hoping Great Expectations is just as good?

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 15, 2010, 07:04:56 PM
I'm hoping Great Expectations is just as good?

Well, I think your expectations of it can be ... great! ;)

A Tale of Two Cities was a favorite of Matt's (the old Matt, not the new one). I should re-read it, since I've spent a good part of the last decade cataloging material from the period of the French Revolution and the Enlightenment, which preceded it and in some ways made it inevitable.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 17, 2010, 05:13:34 AM
Well done SK perhaps you are on the road to becoming an avid reader.   CEWB permitting.    ;D

A Tale of Two Cities was a good start and like KC I think you will enjoy Great Expectations. 


Try Wilkie Collins too if you like something different try reading The Woman In White.


You might find this interesting.       http://www.wilkie-collins.info/wilkie_collins_dickens.htm   
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 09, 2010, 12:46:27 AM
(http://www.sis-sevres.net/IMG/jpg/great_expectations.jpg)

Well I wasn't disappointed. Even better than A Tale Of Two Cities.

It just didn't seem as though I was ever going to finish it. I'm not saying that in a bad way but reading a chapter or two each night and it never seemed as though I was getting closer to the end. I suppose 477 pages in three and half weeks is still good for me though.

I kept remembering little snippets from the film with Alec Guinness and John Mills, so I'll be keeping an eye for that next time it comes around for a midnight showing.

Got take a few days break, I can't get to the library before the weekend. I wonder what I'll pick up next?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 09, 2010, 03:55:07 AM
Now you are getting into reading a whole new world will open up for you.   There are so many books and so little time. ;D    I have read books since I could read on my own and always have at least two on the go.  You will start to find authors who you enjoy, not necessarily very famous writers, whos books will be a joy to read.   
Keep it up SK and you will read faster as time goes on. :)    477 pages in 3 weeks isn't bad you know!   Just because people can read 900 page tomes in a weekend does not mean they have really taken in the the story or information.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 13, 2010, 02:09:13 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7eijhHo0hA4/StMcKxGeyyI/AAAAAAAAAMg/T2i3jolO1NI/s320/One+Day+David+Nicholls.jpg)

(http://www.kapiticoastlibraries.govt.nz/userfiles/image/Images/book%20covers/New%20books/juliet%20naked(1).jpg)

and

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I don't read enough novels..but thoroughly enjoyed these.. One Day was a fantastic read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on February 14, 2010, 05:28:21 AM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 15, 2010, 12:56:01 AM
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The story of Taliesin the last Celtic Shaman.  It contains the stories and poems by Taliesin.   Translated by various writers.  These are stories I love to read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 27, 2010, 09:55:58 PM
I wonder what I'll pick up next?

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My third book for the year was a little disappointing. I know it wasn't the Hemingway book that Doug recommended but it was the only one I saw at the library. Romance novel fans may like it more and I only found it got interesting in the last half.

And it seem to end quite abruptly to me. When I finished, I turned the page expected more and thought, what is that it?

Oh well, they can't all be great. Back to the library tomorrow.



Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on February 27, 2010, 10:25:53 PM
Try the movie. (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0022879/) ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 27, 2010, 10:31:56 PM
Try the movie. (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0022879/) ;)

Funny. I meant to say in that post that the film was on telly a couple of weeks ago and since Coop was in it, and I hadn't seen it before, I taped it and will view it some time next week.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on February 28, 2010, 08:21:05 AM
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My third book for the year was a little disappointing. I know it wasn't the Hemingway book that Doug recommended but it was the only one I saw at the library. Romance novel fans may like it more and I only found it got interesting in the last half.

And it seem to end quite abruptly to me. When I finished, I turned the page expected more and thought, what is that it?

Oh well, they can't all be great. Back to the library tomorrow.

Not a fan of A Farewell to Arms, though I can't imagine what you thought was going to come next.  The ending is pretty clear.  I love the descriptions in the book, but I hate the dialogue, which felt as though Hemingway had no idea of what to have his characters say.  The plot is so-so.  I would not have recommended it, especially as an introduction to Hemingway. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: El bueno on March 03, 2010, 07:41:42 PM
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I don’t read many books, however I just finished Ingrid Pitt’s autobiography “Ingrid Pitt: Darkness Before Dawn”.  The book includes WED and Clint Eastwood related content. 

Ingrid had an appalling childhood – if you don’t know what I am referring to she was in a Nazi concentration camp in WW2.   

I have a great deal of respect for Ingrid and am happy she has maintained a sense of humour after her difficult early life.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on March 03, 2010, 09:44:10 PM
Decided to try some more unconventional kinda novels. Felt I needed to read something different.

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Had to power through this one cause I got bored with it early on.

(http://sarahfloss.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/nights-at-the-circus.jpg)
Making my way through this one right now.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on March 04, 2010, 03:15:21 AM
How'd you like the Kafka? :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on March 04, 2010, 04:28:15 PM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on March 08, 2010, 10:52:05 AM
How'd you like the Kafka? :)

Eh, it was pretty good. Very deep book, with lots of layers and lots of things to get from it. I don't see myself reading that story again though.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 20, 2010, 05:00:17 AM
I have just finished reading Whittlewood again.  A spokey sort of story but I like the way Suzanne Ruthven writes.   Another of her books I finished a couple of weeks ago was What You Call Time.  They are books on the subject of witchcraft and the occult.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 21, 2010, 10:49:21 PM
(http://www.epubbooks.com/img-book-covers/twain-adventures-of-huckleberry-finn-bookcover.jpg)

I enjoyed this. Certainly well named as it's adventure after adventure for the little rascal. Thanks to Doug for recommending this one. O0

My next read was going to be The Road. I actually bought the paperback a couple of weeks back, but after Christopher mentioned The Outlaw Josey Wales book, I've decided to re read that first.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on March 31, 2010, 02:15:39 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/86/Foe_%28novel%29.jpg)
Found it around campus. Picked it up, read it. S'pretty good, but the narration got grating after a while. Lotta allegory in this one.


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A graphic novel. It was the story that inspired X2: X-Men United

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A graphic novel based off the true story of the Cleveland Torso Murderer.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on April 02, 2010, 06:54:30 AM
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"Män som hatar kvinnor"

Good read and there`s also a good film made out of it:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132620/
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 02, 2010, 07:16:32 PM
Both the book and the film are known in the U.S. under the title The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. A friend who say the movie told me the Swedish title ("Men Who Hate Women") is more appropriate. She was repulsed by the violence in the film. I'm planning to see it anyway, but won't get time for another week or so.

EDIT: Actually, Hemlock, isn't your book the second in the so-called "Millennium-trilogy" by Larsson? At any rate, the title translates as "The Girl Who Played With Fire," which is the title of the second book in the trilogy in both Swedish and English ("Flickan som lekte med elden" in Swedish). The second film has been released under that title also ... see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216487/
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on April 12, 2010, 12:48:47 PM
I've been reading a lot lately.

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Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea

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Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: higashimori on April 12, 2010, 06:53:40 PM

 Alcatraz, you read many interesting books..... Do you study philosophy ?   8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on April 13, 2010, 02:42:41 PM

EDIT: Actually, Hemlock, isn't your book the second in the so-called "Millennium-trilogy" by Larsson?

Yup,you`re right KC (as always  ;) ) I put the wrong cover up (and have now changed it).I´m actually reading that second book out of the"Millenium-trilogy" .

I also have now watched all three films out of these books and got to say that after two really good film I felt a bit disappointed after seeing the third film.It was surprisingly dull  :(

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 13, 2010, 06:35:07 PM
Yup,you`re right KC (as always  ;) ) I put the wrong cover up (and have now changed it).

And the title translates literally (according to Google Translate) as "Men Who Hate Women" ... just like in Swedish. I wonder why the English/American publishers decided to change it? ???
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: D'Ambrosia on April 16, 2010, 10:23:47 PM
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The 1977 Craig Thomas novel Firefox.  I must say that knowing the Eastwood movie after all of these years I was surprised at how true to the novel to the movie actually was.  The movie is really true to the novel with the exception of the physical appearance of the Firefox    The only real difference is that the MIG 31 in the novel is a more conventional aircraft were as the movie was a little a bit ahead of it’s time with the Foxfire resembling the not yet reviled Stealth fighter/bomber.  It’s a really fast read and hard to put down.  The novel starts with Gant entering the Soviet Union and the goes from there.  All the movie preliminaries are really just flash backs in the novel.  Half of the novel is Gant flying the MIG were as in the movie it’s just the last act.  For the longest time I always thought that the movies ending was weak but after reading the novel it’s exactly the way Thomas ends the book.  It’s really a great cold war yarn and after reading it I actually appreciate Clint’s attempt to put it to celluloid.  As Clint has said in the past, he should have laid off the special effects and let the story do the telling.  9 out of 10.          
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 17, 2010, 08:40:04 AM
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The 1977 Craig Thomas novel Firefox.  I must say that knowing the Eastwood movie after all of these years I was surprised at how true to the novel to the movie actually was.  The movie is really true to the novel with the exception of the physical appearance of the Firefox    The only real difference is that the MIG 31 in the novel is a more conventional aircraft were as the movie was a little a bit ahead of it’s time with the Foxfire resembling the not yet reviled Stealth fighter/bomber.  It’s a really fast read and hard to put down.  The novel starts with Gant entering the Soviet Union and the goes from there.  All the movie preliminaries are really just flash backs in the novel.  Half of the novel is Gant flying the MIG were as in the movie it’s just the last act.  For the longest time I always thought that the movies ending was weak but after reading the novel it’s exactly the way Thomas ends the book.  It’s really a great cold war yarn and after reading it I actually appreciate Clint’s attempt to put it to celluloid.  As Clint has said in the past, he should have laid off the special effects and let the story do the telling.  9 out of 10.           

That is one vintage paperback, D'Amb! If it's yours ... looks like it might have been its last read-through! ;)
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 18, 2010, 04:31:22 AM
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I'm really intrigued with who Forrest Carter really was! I remember the point was made once on this board how a theme of the book is actually that all people can live peacefully together, and I got the same sense from the book. I do get a sense of the "hatred of government" that Kaufman talked about, but that really doesn't bother me.

I like the fact that the movie added to the ending, to make it a more satisfying movie or perhaps to give it a sense of closure. I did like the ending of the novel though. This is one instance where the movie actually darkened up the ending a bit since Wales actually does go off by himself in the end. I also liked the additional information about Ten Bears. He is a very interesting character and much of that was left out of the movie (and probably for good reason--it just may not have fit).

Who else has read the novel?

Just finished reading the book. Read it years ago and Christopher's post last month made me want to read it again. I also enjoyed how Ten bears has more of a role to play in the book than in the film.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on April 19, 2010, 11:15:57 AM
Alcatraz, you read many interesting books..... Do you study philosophy ?   8)


Yes.


Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on April 29, 2010, 04:33:37 AM
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

As much as I want to give it five stars out of five stars, I have to give it a 3 1/2 just because the writing is frustratingly tedious at times.  At its best it's a great read, very perceptive and quite funny, but clearly Dawkins has done a lot of academic writing, and those bad habits have stayed with him.  He'll spend fifteen pages making a point that could have, and should have, been made in four or five pages, and the worse part is he hasn't always made his point in the clearest way possible.  Chapter 5 is particularly obnoxious, because he's trying so hard to be "academic" that he loses sight of common sense, or at least the obvious.  The criticism is more out of disappointment than anything.  Overall, I give it high marks.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on April 29, 2010, 04:39:06 AM
The Gospel Side of Elvis by Joe Moscheo, who sang backup for a few years when Elvis returned to live performances in 1969.  A quick read, an okay book.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on May 03, 2010, 06:31:58 AM
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Nicholas J. Saunders, Ancient Americas: The Great Civilisations.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on May 04, 2010, 07:44:37 PM
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Umm, yeah. It's The Lord of the Rings. Hadn't read it in about a decade, decided to give it another go.



(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n2/n12986.jpg)

Working my way through this one.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 07, 2010, 05:52:34 AM
The Road

The most depressing book I've ever read I think. Same thing over and over again for three hundred pages. A man and his son pushing a shopping cart towards the coast searching for food and trying to survive.

Maybe I'm not smart enough for this type of book and it went over my head?

It seemed strange too the way it was printed on each page. Such a big gap between lines and only a couple of paragraphs each page. Weird stuff.

Oh well. Everything can't be great. Onto something else.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on May 17, 2010, 07:42:39 AM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 17, 2010, 01:48:20 PM
I have just started to read (yet again) my Agatha Christie collection.  Have just finished The Hollow and I am now half way through The Moving Finger.  There are three novels in each book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: LCat on May 17, 2010, 10:17:04 PM
Do the nutrition facts on food product labels count?  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on May 17, 2010, 11:58:53 PM
Only if you also read the ingredients list! ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on May 18, 2010, 01:20:37 AM
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 "A People's History Of The United States", Howard Zinn
Particularly interesting and great book, ... I've almost finished to read it, I've just ended the chapter XVIII about the Vietnam War.

... in the meantime, I've started to read the last Paul Auster "Invisible" ... I would like to have more time to read and read and read ...  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: higashimori on May 22, 2010, 09:27:56 AM

Yes.


Thanks, your answer "Yes" Alcatraz !  8)   I think as Satu it may be the end of study for you now....? 
So, I wish you to have a success for your professional life in future !  (Maybe you will be a scriptwriter ? ) Good courage, Alcatraz !   ;)
 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on May 24, 2010, 06:06:32 PM
Schofield, The Road was one of my favorite contemporary works of fiction in quite a long while. It's quite surprising to me that you hated it as much as you did. I thought it was really well done and quite poignant. The father/son love story at the heart of the novel really touched my heart. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it.

I read Superfreakonomics. If you liked the first book, this is more of the same. I did, so I found the follow up to be an interesting read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 24, 2010, 10:47:28 PM
Schofield, The Road was one of my favorite contemporary works of fiction in quite a long while. It's quite surprising to me that you hated it as much as you did.


I am afraid I felt like SK and thought it awful.  A real effort to read and I read another book while struggling to read The Raod.   The movie looks even worse ???
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on May 25, 2010, 06:59:21 AM
"The Road" is , to me, one of the best novels of the last years, maybe the best one  ... (It gave me a big "shock", as big as "*The Catcher in The Rye" I read when I was 15) ... I read it in French, then bought it in English, and it has been the present for my Brothers and Friends for last Christmas  ... I like Cormac Mc Carthy very much, especially "No Country For Old Men", but this one is exceptionnal to me.

I believe that Litterature as well as Cinema, Theatre, Artists are essential in a life, because they can create deep and very interesting points of views ... and long discussions sometimes ! :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on May 25, 2010, 09:10:06 AM
I believe that Litterature as well as Cinema, Theatre, Artists are essential in a life, because they can create deep and very interesting points of views ... and long discussions sometimes ! :)
O0

I'd like to read The Road, but not sure when I'll get to it. I have a stack of books I'd like to read but don't seem to take the time to get through them!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on May 25, 2010, 04:54:50 PM
The Road is one of my favorite books of all time! The love that a parent and a child have together is the most special things in the world. This book shows that love in terrible living conditions. I have never rooted so much for characters in a book as I rooted for these two. I have said before that The Road is the only novel that I have ever read in one day and it is the only book that has made my cry. When I was finished reading it late at night, I went over to my sleeping son and told him how much I loved him.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on May 25, 2010, 06:50:04 PM
The Road is , to me, one of the best novels of the last years, maybe the best one  ...

Yea, the book is fantastic.  I can understand a "decent" or "not bad" rating, but I'm surprised to see two bad reviews.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on May 27, 2010, 08:31:46 PM
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I've been on-and-off reading books over the years on the various intelligence agencies throughout the world, and this is one of the better ones I've come across.  This Russian KGB agent basically spied on the U.S. for 30+ years and in the process became annoyed with the corruption and hypocrisy that was rampant in late 80s Russia, and so he defected to the West and eventually wrote this book exposing everything.

A good read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on May 29, 2010, 02:20:33 AM
 I've just ended the last Paul Auster "Invisible" ... and I feel strange : first time I don't like entirely a Paul Auster's book and that I feel a little bit disappointed ... there is always a first time !!!
Maybe will I need to read it another time ? The critics have been so good in the Press and talking shows that I must have missed something ... :-[
Did anybody here already read it ?

(http://www.mediapart.fr/files/imagecache/300_pixels/Christine%20Marcandier/invisible.jpg)
http://www.mediapart.fr/club/edition/bookclub/article/200310/paul-auster-invisible
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on June 06, 2010, 10:07:34 PM
I've just finished reading Ralph Moody's Shaking the Nickel Bush out loud to my family when we drive to work or on long trips.  We have really enjoyed the entire series up to now.  I started in on the next book, The Dry Divide, this morning and am more than halfway through.  I'll have to read it all over again to the family in the car.  :)

Sorry I haven't worked out how to post images yet, but I'll get around to that when I've got more time.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 06, 2010, 10:51:23 PM
Hey Elizabeth,

Check out this thread for posting pics. :)

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=2338.0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on June 06, 2010, 10:55:43 PM
Thanks, Elizabeth! Posting images is easy, check the link SK posted. Meanwhile ...

(http://www.greenleafpress.com/catalog/images/0803282184.jpg)

Here's a link to the publisher's page for the entire series:

http://www.greenleafpress.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=23_141
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Southern cat on June 06, 2010, 11:07:22 PM
Thanks, Elizabeth! Posting images is easy, check the link SC posted. Meanwhile ...

Meanwhile check your spelling CK...I mean KC :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on June 06, 2010, 11:13:49 PM
Edited. You Aussies are so touchy! :P
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Southern cat on June 06, 2010, 11:16:03 PM
 :P
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 06, 2010, 11:23:49 PM
Well being mistaken for a Victorian is just too much to take. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Southern cat on June 06, 2010, 11:30:16 PM
Better than a New South Welshman...sounds lower class. :P
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 06, 2010, 11:40:04 PM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on June 07, 2010, 05:28:09 AM
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  When I first heard about this guy and what he did I had to find out more.  In the early 1920s a former Russian military officer took the lead of  a several thousand strong army (made up of mainly light cavalry and soldiers from all kinds of ethnic backgrounds) and, for a brief period, took over Mongolia.  The guy was super-villian evil, and less of a keen military strategist than I was expecting - he took advantage of a weakened Mongolia that was in the middle of a Russian, Chinese, and Japanese struggle for power.

  While it's an obscure time and place in history, I'm surprised this story hasn't been turned into a movie.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on June 07, 2010, 06:30:29 AM
^ I see it as a musical. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on June 11, 2010, 04:30:59 PM
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I've just finished The Dry Divide.  I have really enjoyed the entire series.  The story telling is simple, and I appreciate the way Ralph Moody portrays the different characters.  Also, he doesn't pass over his own faults or the consequences of his actions, good or bad.

Special thanks to SK for the instructions on how to post images and to KC for the image for my last post.  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on June 19, 2010, 11:14:12 PM
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"Män som hatar kvinnor"

Good read and there`s also a good film made out of it:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132620/

I'm reading this now. (In Swedish, not in Finnish.) It's the first long book I've read in a long time. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

So far: A good read as Hemlock says, an absorbing story, but nothing extraordinary. (And I've seen the movie, so I know how it comes out.)

(http://malinsblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/man.jpg?w=225&h=365)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on June 23, 2010, 02:18:21 AM
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This book contains a bunch of interesting and underrated little stories from 1700s and 1800s era Americas, most of which are either skimmed over or completely ignored in school history classes.  A good, short read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on June 24, 2010, 09:39:36 AM
Ethan Canin, "Vue Sur l'Hudson" in French, "For Kings and Planets" in English.

This book has been in my library for several years, offered by a friend who knew I've always liked American litterature, and I have completly forgotten it ... I read it in two days, as strange and amazing are the characters, and I liked very much the description of New York City in the 70's (the story starts in 1974) one can note that the writer loves this fascinating City ...

I've seen that the last book of Ethan Canin is called "America America", I will buy it during this Summer.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on June 24, 2010, 10:26:11 PM
The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fd/TheOxbowIncident.jpg)

Unfortunately, my copy doesn't look like this one, but it reads the same.  :)  It discusses some very sobering ideas that are very relevant today.  People still need to be willing to take responsibility for their actions and not think that because a whole group did something wrong together that it makes it right.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 25, 2010, 12:24:08 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41AJFHMXYNL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)   Adapted by Charles  Osborne.   Still a typical Christie novel.   

I have also just finished reading

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I have owned it since the 1970's and have not re-read it since then.  I can't believe how life for women has altered.  There is still a way to go for equality. :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on June 29, 2010, 08:39:16 PM
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I just got it in the post today and only sat down to browse it for a few minutes.  Oh, well.  I finished all four stories before I'd really realized it.  I really enjoy reading short stories since I can get them in during short breaks.  They also tend to leave more for the imagination to fill in later.  As I picked up several secondhand books today, I haven't run out of reading material yet, although I may have run out of time for a while.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on June 29, 2010, 08:59:46 PM
I love that collection, Elizabeth! O0 I bought it several years back for a class and Dorothy Johnson became a favorite, though I haven't gotten around to finding any of her other stuff (I want to get around to reading her novel Buffalo Woman).
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Post by: Alcatraz on June 29, 2010, 11:01:57 PM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n1396.jpg)(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n23834.jpg)
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The first 4 Parker novels by Richard Stark.


And some Tintin comics.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on July 06, 2010, 08:16:40 PM
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I picked this up at my favorite secondhand book seller.  Gone to Texas got my attention and held it through to the end.  Having read it, now I will go back and watch The Outlaw Josey Wales again and some things should make more sense.  I didn't enjoy The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales nearly as much.  It seemed to be an illustration of Josey Wales' chief characteristics, but didn't really tell me anything new about him.  Also, the author sometimes forgot he was telling a story and added information that, while interesting, was not essential to the story and slowed it down.  Overall, my reading experience was satisfactory and I will keep the book.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 07, 2010, 01:42:34 AM
Those eyes on the cover make him look scary!!   
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on July 07, 2010, 10:09:32 AM
Those eyes on the cover make him look scary!!   
I reckon so! :)

Lin, he looks more like Lee Van Cleef!  :o
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 07, 2010, 02:36:38 PM
I reckon so! :)

Lin, he looks more like Lee Van Cleef!  :o

Yes I see the likeness.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 23, 2010, 12:14:30 AM
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A little book that fans might enjoy. It's an imaginary interview with the author and Groucho using old quotes from films and interviews. It's only a pocket book size so it can be read in one sitting.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on July 26, 2010, 08:36:56 AM
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This is the story of Dr. Lehman, who chose to become a country doctor in Mt. Eaton, Ohio when he graduated from medical school.  He came to town with all his new scientific training and ideas (including babies having to be born in hospitals), but a desire to be of real service to the Amish community.  I found his willingness to be of service to others, even at disadvantage to himself, to be very inspiring.  I did have many sympathetic thoughts for his wife as I read the book.  There would have to be some fundamental changes in me to be able to cope with having a husband who is always on call.

I live in a predominantly Amish/Mennonite town all summer long, so reading this book was especially meaningful.  How the Amish balance between their traditional ways and the intrusion of technology into their environment is very fascinating for me.  I know a number of Amish people who regularly use cell phones.  I keep wondering how they charge the battery since their houses don't have electricity.  ???
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on July 26, 2010, 08:55:24 AM
Elizabeth77, that's very educational  O0

We should all value other peoples traditional ways and customs, the world would be a better place. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on July 28, 2010, 10:47:03 AM
Living Up to Billy by Elizabeth Cooper (c. 1915)

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/33264 (http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/33264)

This little book is written in the form of letters, covering a two year span, from Nancy Lane to her sister Kate.  Kate is serving a term in prison and Nancy (Nan) is left to care for Kate's little boy.  The letters reveal how Nan tries to give Billy a better chance than she had growing up, Nan's own development, and her love for and loyalty to Kate.  It would be hard to finish this book without smiling.   :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 28, 2010, 08:07:51 PM
That's quite a find, Elizabeth77 ... I didn't notice the date you gave, and from your description I thought it was a contemporary "young adult" "social issues" tale. I never heard of Elizabeth Cooper, but I see the New York Public Library has several of her works, including Living up to Billy, which is one of three that Google Books has scanned from our collection. You can read any of them free via NYPL's catalog or direct from Google Books, in the original format, with the original illustrations:

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on July 29, 2010, 09:51:14 AM

How did you happen to "discover" this work? ???

KC, I regularly check out the Project Gutenberg website for new books.  http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)
I go through their Recent eBooks link and see what's been listed in the last 24 hours, 7 days, etc.  I have found many delightful gems this way.  Living Up to Billy just looked interesting and I started reading it.  They have a plain text version, but also an html version that includes the pictures.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 01, 2010, 09:48:58 PM
I'm reading this now. (In Swedish, not in Finnish.) It's the first long book I've read in a long time. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

So far: A good read as Hemlock says, an absorbing story, but nothing extraordinary. (And I've seen the movie, so I know how it comes out.)

(http://malinsblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/man.jpg?w=225&h=365)

OK, I've now finished the trilogy ... Here are the second and third volumes.

(http://a.imageshack.us/img830/1184/millenniumcovers.jpg)
(Scans of my own copies)

They're titled in English, respectively, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. (As you recall, the Swedish title of the first volume, meaning "Men Who Hate Women," was changed to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in English.)

I really enjoyed this. The first installment, as I said above, struck me as absorbing, with interesting characters, but nothing special. But the second and third volumes just seem to get better as they go along. These two are really one continuous book, telling a single story, running to some 1300 pages, and there's an enormous amount of detail in them. What really struck me was Larsson's gift for continually introducing new characters who fit into the story and whom you care about. The ending of the third book is fairly satisfactory, but there are a lot of people whose fates you'd like to know more about.

Unfortunately, Larsson died before any of the three volumes were published, and though it's known that he had nearly completed a fourth volume in the series and planned a fifth, there's a chance that nothing more will ever see print. The manuscript of the unfinished fourth volume is the subject of a dispute between his legal heirs (his father and brother) and the woman he lived with for many years but never married.

Since there's so much money involved (the three books have sold like wildfire all over the world), I suspect the two sides will reach a settlement eventually. I'm kind of hoping to find out something about Lisbeth Salander's twin sister (whereabouts unknown at the time their father's estate was settled) and also about how the romance between Blomkvist and the Amazonian secret policewoman turned out.

Meanwhile, I've seen the first two Swedish movies and am awaiting the opening of the third one here, sometime this month I believe. And I'm NOT looking forward to the Hollywood remakes!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on August 02, 2010, 04:58:19 AM


Meanwhile, I've seen the first two Swedish movies and am awaiting the opening of the third one here, sometime this month I believe. And I'm NOT looking forward to the Hollywood remakes!


Isn't David Fincher directing the American versions?  Still, I can understand not being interested.  An American remake of Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) is due out soon, and all I can think is...ugh.  So anyway, were the first two films good?  Were they mostly faithful to the books?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 02, 2010, 06:35:17 AM
They were quite faithful, though they had to condense a lot. The second one stuck closer to the details of the original than the first. I understand that each movie has been released in Sweden in an extended, three-hour format ... I'd like to see that.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on August 04, 2010, 12:37:37 PM
The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James

The story is well written, and it carried me along to the end, but I don't think I'll ever need to read it again.  It was all a little over my head, or maybe just not to my taste.  I'm not particularly fond of overly sensitive or overbearing characters.  They both tend to set my teeth on edge, and the story revolved around both types of characters!

Mrs. Gereth is obsessed with her beautiful house and beautiful things.  Fleda Vetch falls under that spell to a certain extent, while also falling in love with Owen Gereth.  Owen falls in (and out of) love with, and eventually marries, Mona Brigstock, another strong willed woman.  The only character I found congenial was Owen.  My conclusion at the end of the story is that women sometimes make life more complicated for themselves than necessary, then have to live with the consequences.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Walt on August 07, 2010, 05:51:10 AM
"The Island" by Richard Laymon.
Not one for the squemish but I enjoyed it whilst sunning myself in Egypt.A great holiday read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on August 07, 2010, 09:01:05 AM
"The Island" by Richard Laymon.
Not one for the squemish but I enjoyed it whilst sunning myself in Egypt.A great holiday read.
I love Island! I found the ending to be very unsettling, and it really stands out as being one of Laymon's best out of what I've read. Have you read many of his novels, Walt? Favorites?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Walt on August 07, 2010, 11:49:58 AM
I love Island! I found the ending to be very unsettling, and it really stands out as being one of Laymon's best out of what I've read. Have you read many of his novels, Walt? Favorites?

You're right Chris, the ending is something else but not totally unexpected.
I've read most of Laymons stuff.He's one of my favourite horror authors.

If I were to pic a number one novel from what I've read so far it would have to be "Savage"
I loved the way he brought Jack The Ripper to the wild west.Pure fantasy of course but,when written so well, almost plausable.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on August 10, 2010, 07:29:44 AM
(http://cumberlandbooks.com/images/horseofadifferentcolor.jpg)

With Horse of a Different Color I have finished reading Ralph Moody's autobiographical series to my family.  We have found them all to be enjoyable, but this one appealed to me especially.  As the owner of a small business, I appreciated Mr. Moody's way of conducting his business relationships.  It is good to take other people into consideration when making business decisions, even if it may not appear to be to your immediate advantage (or, indeed, to your advantage at all).  A business person's reputation is has much to do with determining customer loyalty and the willingness of suppliers to work with you.  Most of all, take the good and the bad as they come along in life, and make the best of both.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on August 14, 2010, 09:20:47 PM
Kim Philby: The Spy I Loved by Eleanor Philby
I've seen this on my mother's bookshelf for years, but I only picked it up to read last weekend.  It is really a story about the relationship between two people.  I had to ask myself how I would respond were I to suddenly discover that my husband was completely different from what I thought him to be.  That's probably condensing it too much, but there it is in a small nutshell.

I spend many hours of my day working with my hands when my mind is not particularly challenged, so I listen to audio books.  Often I have read them before, but some are new to me.  Here's a few that I have enjoyed in the past couple of weeks.  I listened to them all at http://librivox.org/ (http://librivox.org/)

The Log of a Cowboy (1903) by Andy Adams

The Intrusion of Jimmy (1910) by P.G. Wodehouse

Trailin'! (1919) by Max Brand

Officer 666 (1912) by Barton Wood Currie & Augustin McHugh

Patricia Brent, spinster (1918) by Herbert Jenkins  :)  This is one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Conan on August 19, 2010, 12:00:16 AM
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This is the most amazing adventure against the elements story I've ever heard.  I had a vague understanding of what these guys did, but I didn't know they were literally jumping from ice flow to ice berg while hunting sea leopards (1000 pound monstrosities with jaws to match) to keep from starving.  A handful of them later went on to become heroes in WWI and WWII.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on August 19, 2010, 02:11:09 AM

(http://www.livre-po-cher.com/catalog/images/rescapendur.jpg)1966 french edition
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZA8R93DDL._SS500_.jpg)today edition

You're right Conan, a beautiful and amazing book  !

My GodMother offered it to me (first book) for my 14th Birthday (yesterday !!!)  I read and read it several times, then a friend of mine wanted to read it ... it never came back home, (so I bought the second one) !
 I recently watched a beautiful tv program about that Odyssey, terribly moving, with old black and white pictures.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on September 02, 2010, 07:24:53 AM
The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight (1905) by Elizabeth von Arnim

http://librivox.org/the-princess-priscillas-fortnight-by-elizabeth-von-arnim/ (http://librivox.org/the-princess-priscillas-fortnight-by-elizabeth-von-arnim/)

"Her Grand Ducal Highness the Princess Priscilla of Lothen-Kunitz was up to the age of twenty-one a most promising young lady."  Then she decides to run away to England and live like an ordinary person.  She orders the elderly court librarian to go with her and make all arrangements.  He decides to settle in a small village in Somersetshire where he once visited in his youth.  Neither one of them is really suited for running away and living a "simple life", especially when it comes to keeping track of money.  Their intention is to buy a very small cottage, but it must have room for Priscilla, Fritzing (the librarian) and the maid.  Also, it must have three bathrooms.  Three!  The adventure is doomed to failure from the start, but it does have a happy ending.

The general outlines of the story reminded me strongly of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.  Interestingly, the princesses in both stories go back to the position they were brought up to, although the reasons behind their actions differ.

I previously enjoyed "reading" another of Elizabeth von Arnim's books, The Enchanted April.  She makes some interesting observations regarding the relationships between men and women, as well as the expectations of society and its effects the aforementioned relationships.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 02, 2010, 08:11:24 AM
I have just finished reading 3 of M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin books.   There Goes The Bride; Wizard of Evesham and Fairies of Fryfam.  Agatha Raisin is a, not very good, amateur detective.  The books are full mistakes in Agatha's detecting and her relationships with men.  Pretty bad choices in men really.  They are light and fun to read if you want a good book for the beach.  Agatha Raisin ran as a radio series starring Penelope Keith so I visualise her looking like Penelope, even though the description could not be more different.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 02, 2010, 02:24:36 PM

Meanwhile, I've seen the first two Swedish movies and am awaiting the opening of the third one here, sometime this month I believe. And I'm NOT looking forward to the Hollywood remakes!


To me the third film was highly disappointing after the first two which were great.Therefore I´ve had troubles with the third book that I´m now reading.It`s okay but I think there`s too much details and too much pages and the fact that I know how things turn out do not help either...but I´ll read it as it`s a gift to me from my (ex`s) son  :)

Anyway my last read book was

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As usually with Lee Child`s novels not a masterpiece but easy read and entertaining enough.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: dane with no name on September 08, 2010, 11:27:53 AM
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To me the third film was highly disappointing after the first two which were great.  
The problem is that the second and third movie was originally planned to be one long TV serie, but when Men who hate women became such a big success, the plans were changed and it was made into two movies instead. Lisbeth Salander is by far the most interesting person, and her lack of screentime in the third clearly shows  :(


I just finished reading
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Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

A wonderful magical and philosophical tale set in present day America.
A man named Shadow is being released early from prison due to the death of his wife...
On the flight back home to the funeral, he is placed in the seat next to Mr. Wednesday, who is in fact an aspect of the Norse God Odin (Wednesday originally meant OdinsDay) who is going to recruit him as his little helper in a coming war against the new "gods" that has arisen in the modern world.

The central precept of the novel is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought with them dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods. However, the power of these mythological beings has diminished as people's beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America's obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and illegal drugs (such as the Televison, (stealer of time) The Car (most human "sacrifices" ever) the Internet (obviously) to name a few)

Mr. Wednesday  wants to unite all these older, half forgotten gods and spirits that followed all the immigrants from across the world when they arrived in America, for one last stand against the rising powers and new gods, and thus Shadow is pulled into a hidden, magical, but also sad and dying world that may soon be completely forgotten...

 Having read a lot of Neil Gaiman's work, I saw the ending coming, but it was still an excellent read, and if you have yet to read anything by Neil Gaiman I highly recommend this book  O0

If you find the premise interesting, but aren't completely sure whether to give this book a try, HarperCollins has put the first five chapters online for free

http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780060558123&WT.mc_id=author_AmerGods_FullAccess_022208.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on September 09, 2010, 05:00:19 AM
http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=3899.msg89820#msg89820 AMERICAN GODS :
I read this amazing book in 2006 and told how I liked it in that topic ! I recently lent it to my younger brother !

 :) You're right Dane, it's a magical tale, that can be read several times with always the same pleasure and surprise sometimes ! I've never read other books by this writer, would you recommend some of them to me, please ?  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 09, 2010, 05:39:31 AM
Thanks Dane and Sylvie, This looks like a book for me too.  I will hope the library has a copy.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: dane with no name on September 09, 2010, 07:58:01 AM
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I've never read other books by this writer, would you recommend some of them to me, please ? 
Certainly Sylvie  :)

Good Omens that he co-wrote with Tery Pratchett is always good for a laugh. Gaiman's mythological knowledge combined with Pratchett's unique humor makes this book the funniest that has ever been written about the Apocalypse.
The book is a comedy/parody of the movie The Omen (and other books/movies of that genre), and is about the birth of the son of Satan, the coming of Apocalypse and the attempts of the angel Aziraphale and the demon  Crowley to stop it because they have become accustomed to their comfortable situations in the human world. A subplot features the gathering of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — War, Famine, Pollution (Pestilence having retired in 1936 due to the discovery of penicillin), and Death — the last of one is a lot like Death in Pratchett's Discworld novels.

His best work in my mind is without any doubt the graphic novels entitled Sandman.
We follow Dream (also known as the dreamking Morpheus, the ruler of dreams) who is one of the Endless. One of the most powerful aspects of reality that exist. (as are his siblings Destiny, Delirium, Desire, Despair, Destruction and Death) The story starts out with Dream being captured by a mortal sorcerer and imprisoned for several decades, which sets a major plan of Dream in motion that'll eventually end 76 issues later.
Dream is initially haughty and often cruel manner begins to soften after his years of imprisonment at the start of the series, but the challenge of undoing past sins and changing old ways is an enormous one for a being who has been set in his ways for billions of years. In its beginnings, the series is a very dark horror comic. Later, the series evolves into an elaborate fantasy series, incorporating elements of classical and contemporary mythology, ultimately placing its protagonist in the role of a tragic hero.

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Dream and his sister Death.

The story-lines primarily take place in the Dreaming, Morpheus's realm, and the waking world, with occasional visits to other domains, such as Hell, Faerie, Asgard, and the domains of the other Endless. Many use the contemporary United States of America and the United Kingdom as a backdrop, spanning from present day to several centuries back into the past.
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When Lucifer quits his job, places the key to Hell in Dream's care and the story is not even halfway through, you know you're in for the kind of story that hasn't been done before  O0
 
The Sandman became a cult success for DC Comics and attracted an audience unlike that of mainstream comics: half the readership was female, many were in their twenties, and many read no other comics at all. By the time the series concluded in 1996, it was outselling the titles of DC's flagship character Superman.
All the comics have since been collected in nice big tradepaperbacks and even almost 15 years old now, they're still considered amongst the best comics ever written.


Apparently he has written a short novel entitled American Gods; Monarch of the Glenn which I am going to track down and have a go at. Apparently it should be another Shadow story.

I've read Anansi Boys as well (which contains several hints that Anansis may be Mr. Nancy from American Gods) but I almost gave up on reading it, seeing as it feels very "jumbled" at times. Not one of his better works, and not one I would recommend unless you're an avid Gaiman fan...

Nowadays4s Gaiman mostly writes short stories and graphic novels, with many of them having been made into movies (Stardust, Coraline and Mirrormask of the top of my head, and all quite good) along with a British TV serie called Neverwhere.
Coraline and Mirrormask are written as children books, though I would never recommend Coraline to any child, and Mirrormask may feel a bit too weird for a young mind, but if you like his style I'd certainly recommend them as well.
 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on September 09, 2010, 09:25:39 AM
 :) Thank you so much Dane for this long and brilliant answer ! I will try to find Sandman,  here in Clermont Ferrand where there is a famous comic/ graphic bookshop !  O0  I will let you know about it !
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: dane with no name on September 09, 2010, 03:13:39 PM
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Thank you so much Dane for this long and brilliant answer ! I will try to find Sandman,  here in Clermont Ferrand where there is a famous comic/ graphic bookshop !  Thumbs Up  I will let you know about it ! 
You're welcome Sylvie  :)
(BTW, would that happen to be the Evil One)  8)

When DC comics decided to create Vertigo, a sub-department that would create graphic novels for the mature audience, Sandman was moved from the "DC Universe" to the "Vertigo universe" so if you are going to look for it, you have to look under the Vertigo imprint, not the DC.
However, Vertigo has placed the entire first issue of Sandman available for download on their website, completely free and legal, as a part of their "the first fix is free" policy  ;)
So if you want to have a closer look at it, feel free to follow the link below.

 http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=1696   (http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=1696)

The art do have a heavy 80's feel to it, but it improves (seeing as Sanman ran for eight years) and as mentioned in my last post, the series start out with a very dark horror feel to it, but that mood change around the end of the first TPB. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on September 14, 2010, 11:17:24 AM
The long walk to school  by Miss. D. Bus

Bubbles In The Bathtub  by Wynn D. Bottom :D

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 14, 2010, 05:27:29 PM
;D Naughty TwoMules!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on September 15, 2010, 09:18:25 AM
;D Naughty TwoMules!

Sorry KC,  I just couldn't resist the temptation ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on September 15, 2010, 11:09:04 AM
What Maisie Knew (1897) by Henry James

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http://librivox.org/what-maisie-knew-by-henry-james/ (http://librivox.org/what-maisie-knew-by-henry-james/)

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The story of the sensitive daughter of divorced and irresponsible parents, What Maisie Knew has great contemporary relevance as an unflinching account of a wildly dysfunctional family.   - Wikipedia

I can't describe the story any better.  Maisie is used by her parents in various ways to hurt each other.  They begin by fighting over who will get to keep her, but as time goes on they each try to throw her off on the other as a burden.  The only people seem to care for her at all are her two step parents and her governess.  Time shows that only the governess cares what becomes of Maisie, while the rest pursue their selfish desires or are morally too weak to follow the right course.  As for Maisie, her knowledge is of the sort small children should not be burdened with.  She is fortunate to eventually have a guide in the person of her governess.

I had difficulty at times keeping track of who thought what about whom and the reasoning behind it.  Maisie reaches many conclusions by inference that are not necessarily correct.  The adult reader is left to read between the lines and make the correct inference.  While a little challenging, I found it a fascinating look into the way people think.  We often draw conclusions in conversation with other people without ever actually having anything concrete said that would back up those conclusions.  We think we know what is meant by what is said, but don't ask for elucidation.  The result may be that our conclusions are false.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on September 20, 2010, 12:36:59 PM
The Man Who Never Was by Ewen Montagu

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I've read some of the discussion in recent years as to the true identity of The Man Who Never Was, so went back and read the book again.  I came to the conclusion that it does not matter to me who the man was.  He has a special place in history.

The cover art for the Bantam Pathfinder Edition of the book is my favorite out of all the versions I've come across.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on September 27, 2010, 08:07:21 PM
Haven't been reading too much lately, just re-reading a few favorites.

Novel:
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Comics:
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And I'll probably work my way through the rest of the series too.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on September 27, 2010, 11:35:16 PM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on September 28, 2010, 11:08:06 AM
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I read it again, this time to my family while traveling in the car.  Dr. Lehman served as a physician in Mt. Eaton, Ohio and was named 1998 Country Doctor of the Year.  At that time he had served his Amish, Mennonite and "English" patients for nearly 35 years.  During that time Dr. Lehman delivered 6,145 babies, cared for numerous emergencies in his office that most doctors wouldn't touch outside of a hospital, made house calls to his elderly patients so that they could remain in their homes and receive the care they needed, and tried to understand why wounds disinfected in kerosene tended to heal quickly and without trouble.  The kerosene sounds like a home remedy that works, but no doctor could ever recommend it.  ;)

I was inspired to be more concerned about the lives of the people I'm associated with.  Maybe that way I can have a positive impact on my world.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 04, 2010, 10:43:54 PM
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Ken Follett's Eye Of The Needle

This was a great read. I remember seeing the film starring Donald Sutherland years ago and bits and pieces of it kept coming back to me as I read. It's a WWII spy yarn with a German on the run and trying to get back to Germany to spill the beans on the Allies D Day plans.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 05, 2010, 08:38:09 AM
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For the well dressed man about town.....  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 15, 2010, 02:14:07 AM
I read this in just over a week. I really enjoyed it until the finale which became the usual run of the mill endings that you see in movies all the time. Not bad overall though. Fans of the tv series may be disappointed as the character Temperance Brennan is completely different to what you see on tv.

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3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 19, 2010, 01:57:09 AM
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I got recommended this by a friend at work and knocked it over in less that a week. This is the first in a series of books with the same characters from a fictious town in Georgia. The coroner, her ex husband the police chief are on the hunt for a serial killer, who likes to drug then crucify his victims.

I'll be heading to the library tomorrow looking for the second book.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on October 19, 2010, 06:48:38 PM
Hopalong Cassidy Returns (1923) by Clarence E. Mulford

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Plot summary thanks to Randy Johnson at http://randall120.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/ffb-hopalong-cassidy-returns-clarence-e-mulford/ (http://randall120.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/ffb-hopalong-cassidy-returns-clarence-e-mulford/)

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Hopalong Cassidy and Red Connors had made the 1500 mile ride from Montana to visit the old Bar-20 and Johnny Nelson’s ranch. They were ready to head back up to “Montanny” when they ran into a 5’7″, 150 pound cyclone named Mesquite Jenkins. The first thing the kid did was shoot Hoppy, the bullet grazing his skull. Red Connors pursuing him and leaving him for dead with a bullet in him.

Nice way for a friendship to start.

The novel is about the three men's ride those fifteen hundred miles back to Buck Peters’ ranch in Montana, with stops in Dodge, Ogallala, and Laramie, dealing with the kid getting into troubles, his maturing under the two men's tutelage, crooked lawmen, gamblers, avaricious bartenders and women. Mesquite was a trial, but Hoppy was determined to help the kid grow up. He hadn't made any new friends in a long time. All his others were married (he'd lost his wife and child) and he wanted him “right” by the time they reached Montana.

The summary is much longer.  This is the Reader's Digest condensed version.  The only thing I have to add to what he said is that Hopalong Cassidy, Red Connors and Mesquite Jenkins are all equally capable of finding trouble on their own, so when you get them together things really start to pop.  One of the things that I really enjoy about Clarence Mulford's books is his use of words, including long words that most kids today have never heard, but they say just exactly what he means.  I also found Mulford's portrayal of the friendship between Hopalong and Red to be very insightful about the meaning of friendship.  Red's character is never as fully developed as Hopalong's in Mulford's stories, but this one and the previous book, The Bar-20 Three, show just how true a friend he is.  Unfortunately for his wife and kids at home, that means he goes along with Hopalong on his wanderings.

I've read the first twelve of Mulford's books at Google Books, but I've only found a couple of his books in the various libraries I frequent.  I guess I've got to chase the rest of them down the hard way.   :)

http://randall120.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/hopalong-cassidy.jpg?w=211&h=300 (http://randall120.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/hopalong-cassidy.jpg?w=211&h=300)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 20, 2010, 12:23:17 AM
(http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/8875/blindsighted2zo2.jpg)

I got recommended this by a friend at work and knocked it over in less that a week. This is the first in a series of books with the same characters from a fictious town in Georgia. The coroner, her ex husband the police chief are on the hunt for a serial killer, who likes to drug then crucify his victims.

I'll be heading to the library tomorrow looking for the second book.

4/5.

You will enjoy the other books SK.   BTW you are getting into reading now in a big way.  Keep it up as there is a huge world out there for readers. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 20, 2010, 12:36:53 AM
You will enjoy the other books SK.   BTW you are getting into reading now in a big way.  Keep it up as there is a huge world out there for readers. ;)

Got the second and third in the series this afternoon at the library. Still can't believe I only took five days to read that first one. Someone told me that reading is supposed to help the memory too. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 20, 2010, 01:22:40 AM
Someone told me that reading is supposed to help the memory too. :)

It sure does. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 25, 2010, 12:54:58 AM
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I'm flying through these aren't I? :D

I got so engulfed in this I hadn't realised I'd finished it. I didn't know the last 30 odd pages were an extract from the next book. So when I had actually finished the book, I thought it was just the end of a chapter then I started to read the acknowledgements page thinking it was the next chapter, before I realised I'd finished. :D

Just as good as Blindsighted in my opinion, but just a warning that the subject matter of incest, child abductions and paedophiles etc, may be too much for some readers.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 02, 2010, 11:03:11 PM
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This was the best of the three so far. In one part I got so into it that my heart was racing pleading for someone not to die. Reading as fast I could to make sure they were OK. That's happened to me when I've watched films in the past but a book has never had that effect on me.

Reading these in order that they were written is also helpful as things are spoken about from the previous books.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 09, 2010, 11:40:01 PM
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This was a little disappointing after the first three I've read. It still kept me interested but I didn't like the constant flashing back and forth between timelines.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on November 11, 2010, 05:43:37 PM
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Too Politically Sensitive by Michale Callahan

From the inside cover of the book:
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Since when is murder "too politically sensitive"?

In a state as rich in political corruption as Illinois, it's more of a reality than a question. This true story starts with a murder in a small town and the wrongful conviction of two men, but quickly escalates into a conspiracy of deceit, hypocrisy, misconduct, and cover-up by one of the most corrupt states in the United States.

In 2000, Michale Callahan was the newly promoted Investigations Commander over a nine county area in East Central Illinois. His first assignment was to review the fourteen-year-old murder of a young, newlywed couple, Dyke and Karen Rhoads. Rumblings from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, and an upcoming show on CBS's 48 Hours were that two men had been wrongfully convicted for these murders. This true story is about his fight to search for the truth and free the two innocent men he learned were railroaded into prison. Callahan's fight continues with his personal battle against a corrupt and powerful state that is more interested in covering up the scandal and silencing its employees than seeking justice.

This book is about everyone's worst nightmare, when the cover up of any crime becomes more important than the injustice done to the victims. This true story is a warning and foreboding example of just what can happen now that a government can muzzle its employees to cover up its criminal acts. When you're done reading this book, you'll ask yourself this important question: just who will police the police when they refuse to police themselves?

Once I got started, I couldn't put it down.  There is no happy ending to the story and I don't see how there ever could be.  It made me angry and disgusted, and brought out the cynical side of me for a while.  It inspired me to consider more carefully than ever what kind of people I voted for this year.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on November 15, 2010, 11:52:07 AM
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Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Imagine a family of 6 boys and 6 girls whose parents are efficiency experts.  :)  For me, the dedication in the front of the book says it all.
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To Dad who only reared twelve children and
To Mother who reared twelve only children

We just finished reading this as a family.  It's great fun with lots of laughs and a few tears.  I first read it when I was 10, and go back to it every six or eight years just for the fun all over again.  I know that kids do not come "cheaper by the dozen", that's why I don't have more than two, but my desire for a large family grew partly from reading this book.  Our family has more grandparents than children in it simply because we have "adopted" many lonely older people to be a part of our family circle.  The benefits have been numerous and well worth the time invested.  Depending on where we live, we also take lonely college students into our family.  Happy families come in many shapes and sizes, and they aren't always related.   :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 15, 2010, 01:23:15 PM
Elizabeth, that book was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, too ... and there were only two in my family.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on November 15, 2010, 09:17:26 PM
My mom bought the book of Cheaper by the Dozen a few years ago, so it's somewhere around the house. She's always loved the movie... and she comes from a family of close to a dozen or so siblings! :o
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on November 18, 2010, 08:18:43 AM
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The Making of the African Queen: Or How I Went to Africa With Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind by Katharine Hepburn

This was a fun read.  It's style is such that you feel she is sitting across from you and reminiscing about this adventure.  The photographs round out the story nicely.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 19, 2010, 05:57:40 AM
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The Making of the African Queen: Or How I Went to Africa With Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind by Katharine Hepburn

This was a fun read.  It's style is such that you feel she is sitting across from you and reminiscing about this adventure.  The photographs round out the story nicely.

I got an email from amazon today saying my copy of this book has been shipped. Looking forward to reading this. 8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jaffe on November 19, 2010, 09:36:30 AM
Right now I'm in love with a book called Uncommon Places: The Complete Works (http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/citation.cfm?catalog=AP472&i=&i2=&CFID=12984298&CFTOKEN=90036247) by photographer Stephen Shore. It's a photo book with some essays. The pictures portray these seemingly mundane views of small town streets and motel rooms, but are really fascinating and beautiful shots of places that no-one else seem to be interested in. The pictures were taken between 1973 and 1979 across the U.S. Highly recommended for anyone with a love for photography!  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 20, 2010, 04:02:30 AM
Right now I'm in love with a book called Uncommon Places: The Complete Works (http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/citation.cfm?catalog=AP472&i=&i2=&CFID=12984298&CFTOKEN=90036247) by photographer Stephen Shore. It's a photo book with some essays. The pictures portray these seemingly mundane views of small town streets and motel rooms, but are really fascinating and beautiful shots of places that no-one else seem to be interested in. The pictures were taken between 1973 and 1979 across the U.S. Highly recommended for anyone with a love for photography!  :)

That does sound an interesting book.   I bet AB would like to see it. Me too.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jaffe on November 21, 2010, 02:08:33 AM
That does sound an interesting book.   I bet AB would like to see it. Me too.

If you see it in a book store leaf through it, I got hooked that way! Then I went and bought it from Amazon for half the price...  8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 21, 2010, 02:14:10 AM
If you see it in a book store leaf through it, I got hooked that way! Then I went and bought it from Amazon for half the price...  8)

Thanks for the heads up Jaffe.   I will certainly look for it in the big Waterstones bookstore in Durham.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on November 30, 2010, 01:55:45 PM
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Cappy Ricks or The Subjugation of Matt Peasley (1915) by Peter B. Kyne

Cappy Ricks is the owner of the Blue Star Navigation Company and the Ricks Lumber & Logging Company, both of San Francisco.  Mr. Skinner is his general manager.
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In the matter of engaging new skippers or discharging old ones Mr. Skinner had to be very careful. Cappy always declared that any clerk can negotiate successfully a charter at the going rates in a stiff market, but skippers are, in the final analysis, the Genii of the Dividends. And Cappy knew skippers. He could get more loyalty out of them with a mere pat on the back and a kindly word than could Mr. Skinner, with all his threats, nagging and driving, yet he was an employer who demanded a full measure of service, and never permitted sentiment to plead for an incompetent. And his ships were his pets; in his affections they occupied a position but one degree removed from that occupied by his only child, in consequence of which he was mighty particular who hung up his master's ticket in the cabin of a Blue Star ship. Some idea of the scrupulous care with which he examined all applicants for a skipper's berth may be gleaned from the fact that any man discharged from a Blue Star ship stood as much chance of obtaining a berth with one of Cappy Ricks' competitors as a celluloid dog chasing an asbestos cat through Hades.

The reader will readily appreciate, therefore, the apprehensions which assailed Cappy Ricks when the Blue Star Navigation Company discovered it had on its payroll one Matthew Peasley, a Nobody from Nowhere, who not only had the insufferable impudence to apply for a job skippering the finest windjammer in the fleet, but when rebuffed in no uncertain terms, refused to withdraw his application, and defied his owners to fire him.

The story is intended to be lighthearted, but isn't a bad place to learn a few good business principles.  They aren't taught today in most business schools, but they still work.  While Cappy is as sharp as they come when it comes to business deals, he knows how to take care of his employees and their dependents.  They are people to him, not just cogs in a money making machine.

This is one of a number of books about Cappy Ricks by Peter B. Kyne, but the author may be more familiar to you as the author of The Three Godfathers (1913), of which there are several film versions.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: GreenEyes on December 01, 2010, 08:58:36 AM
"A Painted House" by John Grisham.

Good book, however I found the story a bit slow paced at times. I didn't finish it, but plan on going back to it at another time.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 09, 2010, 11:41:03 PM
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Another enjoyable read in the series. For some reason it took me an age to get through compared to the first three books and this was a large print edition from the library. Ends with a plot line which will continue in the next book I suspect but I'm taking a break from the Slaughter books to read, The Making Of The African Queen or How I Went To Africa With Bogart, Bacall & Houston & nearly Lost My Mind.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 17, 2010, 07:37:35 PM
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The Making of the African Queen: Or How I Went to Africa With Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind by Katharine Hepburn

This was a fun read.  It's style is such that you feel she is sitting across from you and reminiscing about this adventure.  The photographs round out the story nicely.

I was expecting so much more from this. I agree with what E77 says about the style it was written but after seeing White Hunter, Black Heart I ws expecting the Almost Lost My Mind part of the book to be about Hepburn sitting around waiting for Huston to arrive on set because he was more interested in hunting than shooting the picture. The elephant hunt was probably only spoken about once and Hepburn was there with Huston. It took up all of one page maybe.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 20, 2010, 04:41:10 PM
Sorry it didn't come up to your expectations SK.  :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on December 27, 2010, 10:02:57 PM
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This book practically reads itself. Delightful. And for anyone who was wondering ... the new Coen brothers film is very close to the book in spirit and in substance. And I can confirm what I'd read previously: Much of the film's dialogue was taken directly from the book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on December 28, 2010, 02:49:52 AM
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This book practically reads itself. Delightful. And for anyone who was wondering ... the new Coen brothers film is very close to the book in spirit and in substance. And I can confirm what I'd read previously: Much of the film's dialogue was taken directly from the book.

D'OH!  I knew there was something I wanted to get at the bookstore today.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on December 28, 2010, 07:11:13 AM
I enjoyed True Grit when I read it a few months ago.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 04, 2011, 04:43:15 PM
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http://www.leechild.com/GT.php

Btw am I only one here who reads these Reacher novels by Lee Child  ???

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 04, 2011, 07:29:56 PM
Hey, Hemlock, I have a friend who loves that series and tries to get everyone to read it. I finally picked one up ...

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... but I haven't started it yet. Just now I'm involved with Henning Mankell's "Wallander" novels. I'm on the seventh of the original series of eight (he's since turned out a few more, I'm told).

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on January 11, 2011, 03:26:10 PM
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My wife got me these two Clint Eastwood books for Christmas. I know most of you already have these and I have read your reviews. :)
I will now try and find some time to read them.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 12, 2011, 01:35:32 PM
Hey, Hemlock, I have a friend who loves that series and tries to get everyone to read it. I finally picked one up ...

(http://www.leechild.com/images/EB_us_pb2s.jpg)

... but I haven't started it yet. Just now I'm involved with Henning Mankell's "Wallander" novels. I'm on the seventh of the original series of eight (he's since turned out a few more, I'm told).


I´ve not read any of the Mankell`s "Wallander" novels but I´ve watched just about every movie that`s been made out of his books.
Anyway I´m pretty sure that Mankell`s novels are more"intellectual" read over Lee Child`s Jack Reacher novels but if you like straight forward,action filled novels then you might like Child`s novels also.Echo Burning gives you an idea about the whole series.

After Marc Eliot`s disappointing "American Rebel" I´m now reading
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 14, 2011, 11:34:37 PM
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This book practically reads itself. Delightful. And for anyone who was wondering ... the new Coen brothers film is very close to the book in spirit and in substance. And I can confirm what I'd read previously: Much of the film's dialogue was taken directly from the book.

I watched the John Wayne film version of this a couple of weeks ago and will be seeing the new version in two weeks. So I wanted to read this book in between viewings. The original film practically matches everything in the book so it will be interesting to see the remake.

The thing I haven't noticed in the past when I've seen the John Wayne film is that it is the story of Mattie, not Rooster Cogburn. When I watched the film you're waiting for The Duke to appear as he is the star of the film, but reading the book and you only have to read the synopsis on the back cover and Rooster Cogburn isn't even mentioned. It's Mattie's story of how a 14 year old girl travels the west in search of her fathers' killer. In fact it isn't Rooster Cogburn that has "Grit", but Mattie herself. She maybe so young but she can handle anything thrown at her from managing the books on the farm or haggling a fair price for horses. The scenes in the original film with Strother Martin is in the book and just the way she stands up for herself and won't be spoken down to just because she is a child is brilliant.

I highly recommend the book and am looking forward to seeing the new film.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on January 15, 2011, 06:00:26 AM
In terms of matching up scenes, the original True Grit is actually more "faithful" to the book.  The Coens don't include several scenes and mildly altered a couple others which remained more faithful in the original.  They also added one or two scenes not in the book, as well as making a rather large and obvious change to how the plot progressed, though it's not a big deal because the characters all end up in the same place.  However, in terms of capturing the "spirit" of the book, then I have no doubt the Coens did a better job.  The one way they're more faithful is in including the original epilogue and in having narration by Mattie.

Of course, how faithful a movie is to the book has little to do with how good the movie is.  I also think the Coens made better use of the novel's rather distinct dialogue and they were smart, I think, to cut out the "baby sister" phrase that was so Wayne-like I though for sure the original had added it in there, but nope, it was in the novel, too.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on January 15, 2011, 10:29:34 AM
I really should read the book again--a fascinating discussion here about it! I do remember thinking that the original movie follows pretty closely until the very end.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 15, 2011, 10:58:26 AM
I also think the Coens made better use of the novel's rather distinct dialogue and they were smart, I think, to cut out the "baby sister" phrase that was so Wayne-like I though for sure the original had added it in there, but nope, it was in the novel, too.

Isn't it mostly just "Sis" in the book, though? I kind of liked that.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 15, 2011, 11:36:38 AM
I really should read the book again--a fascinating discussion here about it! I do remember thinking that the original movie follows pretty closely until the very end.

Yeah, it was just the epilogue in the book that doesn't appear in the original film.

Isn't it mostly just "Sis" in the book, though? I kind of liked that.

I remember Cogburn calling her Baby Sister a couple of times early on in the book but after that, I can't recall it coming up again.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 19, 2011, 03:15:50 AM
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Just finished this bio of English actor Charles Hawtrey. Instantly recognisable from the Carry On films which a lot of us UK members will have grown up with..

Unfortunately another Carry On star who seemed to live a pretty miserable, unfulfilled life...
Bit depressing... but a good read.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 19, 2011, 03:27:36 AM
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I finished this last week. Boy oh boy, if you loved the film like I did, you'll love this just as much if not more. So much more in the book than in the movie but just as powerful.

Brilliant.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on February 26, 2011, 06:50:10 PM
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I just finished The Great Gatsby. I read it about eight years ago for an American lit class, and I've actually read it this time for the same exact class, except I'm teaching it this time around. This is one classic that seems to get quite a mixed reaction, but I enjoyed it both times. Maybe not an all time favorite but a good book nonetheless. It's considered a classic largely because of its portrayal of 1920s America. I haven't read much Fitzgerald but would like to read some of his other stories/novels.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on February 27, 2011, 01:24:57 PM
The Plague by Albert Camus
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I'll probably read his The Stranger next.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on February 28, 2011, 06:59:49 AM
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I just finished The Great Gatsby. I read it about eight years ago for an American lit class, and I've actually read it this time for the same exact class, except I'm teaching it this time around. This is one classic that seems to get quite a mixed reaction, but I enjoyed it both times. Maybe not an all time favorite but a good book nonetheless. It's considered a classic largely because of its portrayal of 1920s America. I haven't read much Fitzgerald but would like to read some of his other stories/novels.

I really like Tender Is the Night.  I don't care as much for his other novels, though they're all interesting up to a point.  I've never bothered with his short stories, and I recall reading that a lot of his stories were cranked out for money, though I'm sure there are some good ones in there.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on February 28, 2011, 07:08:36 AM
The Plague by Albert Camus
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5a/ThePlague.jpg)

I'll probably read his The Stranger next.

Love The Stranger, but another book I really love of his is The First Man.  It's the book he was working on when he died.  If I remember my Camus trivia correctly, the manuscript was in his car when he had the fatal accident.  Had he lived, he most surely would have reworked the casual tone of the writing and the clear autobiographical nature of much of the story, but as it stands I found it to be an incredibly enjoyable read.  It was finally published in the mid-90s and I read it about ten years ago, and I definitely intend to reread it at some point.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on March 16, 2011, 10:24:27 AM
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I recently finished The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It was her only novel, and she killed herself shortly after its publication, which makes the book all the more tragic to read. The main character Esther Greenwood is based on Plath's own experiences as a young woman with a bright future but feels as if she lives under a "bell jar." The book feels a little like The Catcher in the Rye and reminded me of one of my favorite short stories of all time, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper."
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on March 18, 2011, 03:24:53 PM
Asterix and the Big Fight by Goscinny and Uderzo

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One can't always be reading serious books.  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on March 19, 2011, 05:40:03 AM
I recently finished The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It was her only novel, and she killed herself shortly after its publication, which makes the book all the more tragic to read. The main character Esther Greenwood is based on Plath's own experiences as a young woman with a bright future but feels as if she lives under a "bell jar." The book feels a little like The Catcher in the Rye and reminded me of one of my favorite short stories of all time, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper."

I really like that book, and coincidentally I just reread it last month. Catcher in the Rye is another I want to reread, but I only have it as a paperback, and I can't read paperbacks anymore if the book is more than a year old.  I have a really bad allergy to the paper they use in paperback once it starts deteriorating a little, so I have to stick with trade paperbacks or hardback books.  Which really sucks.  It's the only thing I'm allergic to.  Go figure.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on March 19, 2011, 08:31:29 AM
Doug, maybe you should try your local library for a hardback copy ... or go the e-book route. (Which your local library may have too, by the way.)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 03, 2011, 03:07:45 PM
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I was so disappointed with this. The first few in the series were great and only took me just over a week to read but this one, I just couldn't get in to and it took me over a month to knock it over. Reading the last chapter last night, I was so happy to finally get to the end of it that I didn't see the big finale coming. I won't spoil it if you haven't read it but that ending disappointed me even more. :(

2/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on April 05, 2011, 01:03:55 PM
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I picked up The Man Who Listens to Horses by Monty Roberts at a library sale.  I didn't read it through in one sitting only because mothers don't get that privilege very often.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and will share it with my family during our reading time in the car.  While the story is mainly about Mr. Roberts' experience in learning to communicate with horses and getting his method accepted by others, I find many lessons for relating with people.   As I read, I found new ways to look at how I deal with my sons.  It made me question if I couldn't find a better way to deal with some behaviors that have been a serious point of friction.  I just finished the book, but I look forward to reading it again.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 06, 2011, 12:29:01 AM
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I just finished The Great Gatsby. I read it about eight years ago for an American lit class, and I've actually read it this time for the same exact class, except I'm teaching it this time around. This is one classic that seems to get quite a mixed reaction, but I enjoyed it both times. Maybe not an all time favorite but a good book nonetheless. It's considered a classic largely because of its portrayal of 1920s America. I haven't read much Fitzgerald but would like to read some of his other stories/novels.

I saw this in a store last weekend with a lot of other classic novels from Penguin Publishing for under $7. I purchased The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes but might go back next weekend and pick up The Great Gatsby.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 06, 2011, 01:35:16 AM
I have just finished

While The Light Lasts by Agatha Christie.   A series of short stories most of which reappeared in her later novels. 

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Also  Trick of the Dark  by  Val McDermid.

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I love Val's books and have met her at a readers day in the Bradford Library.   She is one of my favourite authors.   Her novels are gripping.  She has written a series of Tony Hill novels that are the basis of the television series Wire In The Blood.     She has also written a series of books with Kate Brannigan as a detective and another series of Lindsay Gordon novels.    I was introduced to her writting when I read A Place of Execution.   I have since read all her books and look forward to each new one.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 02, 2011, 09:05:20 PM
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I got back to the classics and this was the first one. I hadn't read this before and didn't realise it was a bunch of stories in a book  but it was still very enjoyable. How he comes to some of his conclusions is brilliant. He's the original Monk. ;)

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 05, 2011, 12:01:38 AM
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I read this in one sitting. OK, it's only 120 odd pages and some pages had illustrations but that's quite a feat for me. I don't remember ever seeing the animated film from years ago. Maybe when I was five or six but I couldn't remember and I don't remember ever reading it before but it was quite enjoyable. Plenty of weird characters in this, which had me thinking maybe the author was high when he wrote this. Seriously, it's out there. I'm not saying that in a bad way because I did enjoy it.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on May 05, 2011, 12:31:51 AM
It's one of the great books of Western literature! And it has one of the best lines ever ...

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"What is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 07, 2011, 08:01:19 PM
It's one of the great books of Western literature! And it has one of the best lines ever ...


My favorite line was:

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They very soon came upon a Gryphon, lying fast asleep in the sun. (If you don't know what a Gryphon is, look at the picture)

Which I had to do, because I had no idea.  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on May 07, 2011, 08:04:48 PM
But there you go! If it had been a book without pictures, how would you have ever known? ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 07, 2011, 08:06:30 PM
If it had been a book without pictures, how would you have ever known? ;D

Google.   :P
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on May 07, 2011, 08:43:52 PM
I knew you were going to say that! ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on May 24, 2011, 07:54:09 AM
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Murray Walker's Formula One Heroes. O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on May 24, 2011, 10:15:25 AM
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In English : "Warlock", Jim Harrison.
On of the funniest novel by this great author, not as pessimistic as some of his books. I couldn't stop thinking about Joe Pesci playing the part of the main character , surely because I watched him recently in "Casino", for the 10th times ... at least :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 10, 2011, 04:39:19 AM
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MY GOD!! What a bore. I'm sorry classic book fans but this was torture. 540 pages of sheer torture. I'll probably get bashed for saying that but fair dinkum, this was like watching a bad movie and I  look my watch to see how long there is to go and we're not even half way through yet. Of course stupid me, doesn't flick the book. Just like a film I have to stick it out to the end. It took over a month but geez, I didn't think it was ever going to end.

My biggest problem with this book was when it went from a novel to a text book on whales. Hellooooooooo, if I wanted to read about every different type of whale and their habits and what have you, I would've gone to the library and got a book on that.

1/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on June 10, 2011, 06:20:05 AM
I thought you would have had a whale of a time reading this classic book! ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on June 10, 2011, 07:09:00 AM
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MY GOD!! What a bore. I'm sorry classic book fans but this was torture. 540 pages of sheer torture. I'll probably get bashed for saying that but fair dinkum, this was like watching a bad movie and I  look my watch to see how long there is to go and we're not even half way through yet. Of course stupid me, doesn't flick the book. Just like a film I have to stick it out to the end. It took over a month but geez, I didn't think it was ever going to end.

My biggest problem with this book was when it went from a novel to a text book on whales. Hellooooooooo, if I wanted to read about every different type of whale and their habits and what have you, I would've gone to the library and got a book on that.

1/5.

I've never read this myself, and frankly I doubt I could get through it from what I know of it.  I have a friend who just read it and it took him probably longer than a month, but he did overall like it.  I don't know.  It's probably an essential, but so is Finnegans Wake, and that looks like it's nothing but pretentious nonsense.  I think the essays within a novel thing was not uncommon in novels from the 1800's.  They just don't hold up well these days.  But kudos for getting through it.  Maybe I'll give it a try, but I really hate these days to have to struggle to get through a book.  Even for the bragging rights of saying I've read it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on June 12, 2011, 02:05:30 AM

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Derren Brown, Confessions of a Conjuror


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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 12, 2011, 03:36:33 PM
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Another so called classic. At least this was an easier read than Moby Dick and at about 400 less pages too. It just never really grabbed me.  :-\

Story of two men during the depression who start working at a ranch just to scrap enough money together so they can get a place of their own.

2/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on June 12, 2011, 03:56:40 PM
I've never read Of Mice and Men yet but would like to eventually. I read The Grapes of Wrath some years back and liked it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 12, 2011, 03:59:06 PM
I've never read Of Mice and Men yet but would like to eventually. I read The Grapes of Wrath some years back and liked it.

Yeah, I loved The Grapes Of Wrath too. The book and the film, so this was disappointing. :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on June 12, 2011, 04:18:35 PM
Fight Club.

Maybe it's because I've seen the movie so many times, but I wasn't all that impressed with the book.  What is interesting is seeing how the movie modified certain scenes and certain aspects of the plot for the better.  It was definitely a great adaptation.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on June 15, 2011, 11:10:05 AM
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Capt. Ted W. Lawson

Captain Lawson took part in the Doolittle raid on Japan on 18 April 1942.  This is his account of his participation in the raid and its results, primarily as it affected him personally.  The first five or so sentences of the book succinctly summarized the story, but I'm glad he chose to go into greater detail.  His experiences in China were especially interesting to me.  I was moved by his willingness to share what the amputation of his leg meant to him and his family, especially as he came to terms with his loss and the reactions of strangers.

After reading this book, I resolved again to try and bring cheerfulness and sunshine to the people that I encounter so that I won't add to the burden of those who feel that there is something "wrong" with them, physically or otherwise.  Maybe I can even lighten that burden.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on June 15, 2011, 05:20:59 PM
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Capt. Ted W. Lawson

Captain Lawson took part in the Doolittle raid on Japan on 18 April 1942.  This is his account of his participation in the raid and its results, primarily as it affected him personally.  The first five or so sentences of the book succinctly summarized the story, but I'm glad he chose to go into greater detail. 

For the curious (from Google Books):

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on June 15, 2011, 08:17:24 PM
Thank you, KC.  O0

My brain must be really fuzzy these days because I didn't even think to look in Google Books and I already returned the book to my mother so was unable to quote as I would have liked.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on July 01, 2011, 01:19:48 PM
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Just recently finished Rick Moody's The Ice Storm. I've wanted to read it since seeing the movie version several years back. The book was good though a bit disturbing in some ways. If you've seen the movie, you'll recall it's about the various generations in the area all seem to be experimenting with the same things. Naturally the book goes into more detail.

Now I've gotten a good start into Peter Falk's Just One More Thing. The book is not a typical autobiography, as he explains in the beginning. For the most part, he is just telling little stories in the book relating to his life and career. Or even stories friends of his have told him that he really likes.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 05, 2011, 11:12:10 PM
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I just finished The Great Gatsby. I read it about eight years ago for an American lit class, and I've actually read it this time for the same exact class, except I'm teaching it this time around. This is one classic that seems to get quite a mixed reaction, but I enjoyed it both times. Maybe not an all time favorite but a good book nonetheless. It's considered a classic largely because of its portrayal of 1920s America. I haven't read much Fitzgerald but would like to read some of his other stories/novels.

I just finished this after reading Christopher's recommendation back in February. After a slow start I quite enjoyed it. Not sure why it's considered a classic but at least it didn't bore me like Moby Dick.

My edition had an introduction in it by Tony Tanner. A 70 page introduction! I gave up on that after about 20 pages and just read the novel. Maybe the intro may have explained why it's a classic but seriously, 70 pages to introduce a book?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on July 06, 2011, 05:35:15 AM
Glad you enjoyed it, SK.

Now I've gotten a good start into Peter Falk's Just One More Thing. The book is not a typical autobiography, as he explains in the beginning. For the most part, he is just telling little stories in the book relating to his life and career. Or even stories friends of his have told him that he really likes.
I finished Just One More Thing a few days ago. I did enjoy it but like I said, it wasn't a typical autobiography, and I think I would have enjoyed a little more typical autobriography in it. Some of the stories Falk tells are great, and I probably read most of the book with a smile on my face. But when I got to the end, I felt like I would have liked to have had more.

Now I'm reading a short Richard Matheson novel called Somone is Bleeding. It's from a collection of three short novels of his from the 1950s called Noir (proving that Matheson is pretty much the king of genre fiction).
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 06, 2011, 05:05:18 PM
I just finished this [The Great Gatsby] after reading Christopher's recommendation back in February. After a slow start I quite enjoyed it. Not sure why it's considered a classic but at least it didn't bore me like Moby Dick.

My edition had an introduction in it by Tony Tanner. A 70 page introduction! I gave up on that after about 20 pages and just read the novel. Maybe the intro may have explained why it's a classic but seriously, 70 pages to introduce a book?

As Christopher said ...

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It's considered a classic largely because of its portrayal of 1920s America.


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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 09, 2011, 06:12:22 AM
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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 09, 2011, 02:32:53 PM
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I couldn't put this down. Totally absorbing and absoluting terrifing how one man had so much power over so many people including Presidents. The only weapon he ever carried in his career was blackmail. If you critisied the FBI or Hoover himself, you were hounded, they had a file on you and if you had skeletons in the closet, especially if it included sordid details with women that was used against you.

Also delves into Hoover's private life obviously and whether it's all true who knows but the author claims that it was blackmail that the Mob used against Hoover in the 50's and 60's about his private life that was why the FBI was reluctant in the chase of these Mobsters. It was only after Bobby Kennedy became Hoover's boss that the war on the Mafia started to gather speed.

It will be interesting to see Clint's new film to see how Hoover is portrayed.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 09, 2011, 03:53:30 PM
He looks just like Leo, too! :o
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on July 12, 2011, 09:17:00 AM
The Outlet (1905) by Andy Adams

This is the story of a cattle drive from Medina County, Texas to Fort Buford (North Dakota) in 1884.  Tom Quirk, who has been up the trail three times before, is chosen as foreman for one of three herds headed for the fort to fill a beef contract.  Quirk's employer, Don Lovell, is a subcontractor to the winner of a government contract.  Due to a loophole in his contract, Mr. Lovell is left with three herds of cattle on his hands when the price of cattle falls.  After much maneuvering and attempts to rectify the situation before the 15th of September when the herds are due at Fort Buford, it all comes to a head on the scheduled day of delivery when the officers of the fort are faced with 20,000 cattle instead of the 10,000 they were expecting and two owners claiming to be delivering under sub-contracts from the same company.

Written by a man who had spent eight years as a traildriver in the 1880's, the stories ring true whether about dust, Dodge, dead cattle or the choosing of a horse for the remuda.  There is more use made of lawyers than of guns, but there is no lack of suspense to keep the reader interested.  The characters in this story will be familiar to readers who have previously read Adams' The Log of A Cowboy (1903), which is the story of Tom Quirk's first trip from Texas to Montana as a traildriver.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 12, 2011, 06:54:29 PM
The Outlet (1905) by Andy Adams

This is the story of a cattle drive from Medina County, Texas to Fort Buford (North Dakota) in 1884.  ...

They was going to Fort Buford! :o
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on July 13, 2011, 11:09:12 PM
Clint: A Retrospective (Schickel, 2010)

I cheaped out when this was first released.  I just didn't want to pony-up the $35.00 for it, much as I was tempted.  Nope, I'll justify my Elvis purchases over that much money for this book.  Well, I lucked out and came across it on a Barnes & Noble bargain shelf for just $15.00.  At that price, I couldn't resist.  

A very good read with lots of great photos.  A few minor errors, such as the author stating "Eastwood would turn sixty in 1989" even though he'd stated a few pages prior that "he was fifty-eight the year it was released" (The Dead Pool, 1988).  Not a major distraction, though.  The dvd bonus is nice, too, The Eastwood Factor.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Alcatraz on July 18, 2011, 12:24:32 PM
Good Omens by Neil Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.

Pretty hilarious book. It's about the son of Satan, the coming of the End Times, and an angel's & a demon's attempt to stop it from happening because they've gotten used to the life they have on Earth.

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on July 20, 2011, 04:12:05 PM
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Loved it  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 30, 2011, 01:11:05 AM
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You Never Give Me Your Money

by Peter Doggett

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A really good book detailing the Beatles careers from Epsteins death (their manager) to the present day.
So much stuff I didn't know about how interwined their lives were over the years post split.

I'd be interested to hear what others make of this book.. Personally I thought McCartney comes out quite well
and Lennon a bit of an (supremely talented) @#!hole  :o ;)

A great read whether your a fan of the combo or not.

5/5
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 30, 2011, 01:56:07 AM
I'll have to check that one out. Sounds very interesting.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on July 30, 2011, 02:41:07 AM
Yeah, thoroughly recommended. Once I started I couldn't put it down.. tho I couldn't help but feel quite
 saddened by a lot of it..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 17, 2011, 11:24:43 PM
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Back when I got that J. Edgar Hoover book from the library, I got this one too. The Hoover book took me three days to read. This one at about the same size (500+ pp) took me 5 weeks. This was just as compelling as the Hoover book but for some reason I could never read more than a half dozen pages at a time as I kept falling asleep no matter what time of day it was and it was so damn annoying as this book was great. The screenplay for the 2009 Michael Mann film, Dillinger was based on this book. Where that film dealt mainly with the John Dillinger gang, this book covers all those public enemies in the USA during the early to mid 1930's and the F.B.I's hunt for them. Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson and others are all covered and it goes into great detail of how the F.B.I hunted down these criminals. Sometimes showing just how inept the bureau was in those early days. It's quite graphic in some areas where Agents or police officers were gunned down before they knew what hit them.

Highly recommended.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 26, 2011, 12:36:34 AM
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After being disappointed with the last Karin Slaughter book, Skin Privilege. I took a break for a few months but decided to get back to them this week. This was a return to form of the first few I read. This is the first in the series of Will Trent books, so it's new characters and different city to the other Grant County books. It only took me four days to get through this, I couldn't put it down. Again, it's quite brutal with the crime scene descriptions but it does keep you on the edge of your seat.

It does make me wonder with so much garbage being spewed out by the movie studios, why these books haven't been adapted?

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on August 26, 2011, 02:10:13 PM
Yet another Reacher novel  :)

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aka WORTH DYING FOR

http://www.leechild.com/WDF.php
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 26, 2011, 06:40:55 PM
"Risking their lives"? I guess that's close enough. The Reacher titles never seem to be very meaningful ... I can never remember which book is which.

But regardless ... I ate them all up! I've become a Reacher fan.

Have you read them all now, too, Hemlock?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on August 27, 2011, 04:12:30 PM
"Risking their lives"? I guess that's close enough. The Reacher titles never seem to be very meaningful ... I can never remember which book is which.

But regardless ... I ate them all up! I've become a Reacher fan.

Have you read them all now, too, Hemlock?


There`s the very first Reacher novel,"Die Trying" that I´ve not read yet but it`s just translated to finnish("Linnake") so it won`t take too long when I´ve read them all  8)

I´m a huge Reacher fan and I can`t quite put in the words why  ;D Maybe it got something to do with them being so forward,simple and yet catchy.

Btw evidently Tom Cruise will be the first Jack Reacher on screen.Not sure if I´m happy with this bit of a news  :-\

http://www.deadline.com/2011/07/paramount-moves-tom-cruises-mission-impossible-to-december-21-and-sets-one-shot-for-early-2013/
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on August 30, 2011, 08:41:28 AM
Yeager: An Autobiography by Chuck Yeager

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What a fun, exciting and interesting read.  Amazingly, it took me two weeks(!) to read the first half of the book, then I decided to leave the family behind and finish it up in half a day.  I didn't know when I started reading that Chuck Yeager was the first pilot to "break" the sound "barrier", but his story would be just as interesting if he hadn't.  His enthusiasm for flying and his willingness to take very calculated risks keep the story from ever having a dull moment.  Insights from his wife, superior officers and fellow pilots help to round out the story.  The amount of aviation history covered during his years as a pilot is tremendous.  While this is a great read if you love airplanes and flying, it's just as fun if you prefer to keep your feet solidly on the ground.

I felt drawn into this story in a very personal way.  In my early teens I dreamed of becoming a pilot.  From childhood I dreamed of flying in the Concorde.  It isn't likely I'll become a pilot (other dreams had a stronger pull), but 13 years ago my dream of flying in the Concorde became a reality.  I, too, have flown faster than the speed of sound.  I, too, have seen the curvature of the earth.  It's a little bit like talking to a complete stranger and discovering that you have a special experience in common.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on August 30, 2011, 08:59:16 AM
"WORLD WITHOUT END", Ken Follett

Taking place in the Middle Ages in England, a fantastic saga and a thick book, perfect for Summer time  ;) !

I had loved "THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH" a few years ago.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 02, 2011, 05:35:01 AM
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The second in the Will Trent series and another good read. A good murder mystery and a hunt for another victim held captive. Gripping stuff.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 05, 2011, 12:37:07 AM
Stuart Lee. How I Escaped My Certain Fate, The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian

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Very funny autobiography by British comic Stuart Lee. Gonna see him live next month  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 15, 2011, 11:29:55 AM
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The Cover Art Of Blue Note Records
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Beautiful book
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 16, 2011, 02:14:01 PM
Donald E Westlake`s The Road To Ruin  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 16, 2011, 08:13:28 PM
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This was a little disappointing as it brought together for the first time, characters from both the Grant County books and the Will Trent books. I was expecting it to be a lot better. It's still a good read of fans of Slaughter's books.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: GreenEyes on September 17, 2011, 05:05:31 AM
"WORLD WITHOUT END", Ken Follett

Taking place in the Middle Ages in England, a fantastic saga and a thick book, perfect for Summer time  ;) !

I had loved "THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH" a few years ago.

Let us know how you like "World Without End". "Pillars" was good, and the TV mini-series they did was entertaining (have you seen it?).   :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on September 28, 2011, 07:43:52 AM
I had not seen the mini series you talked about . I even did not know that it existed  :-\

As for this book, I found it less interesting than "Pillars of The Earth", maybe too repetitive sometimes : the characters (especially the"Bad one " called Ralph) are sometimes a little bit too much ! But not annoying at all, what I like is the description of that time, how the State was linked to Religion, to the hierarchy. How the various castes lived together, worked or not to a better life ... Very interesting ! The love affair in this story is not very good to me ... but that's not a problem, the details of the world at that time are fascinating !
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 28, 2011, 04:37:37 PM
The Black House by Peter May. 

It is a story set on the Scottish island of Lewis. ( I spent my last Scottish holiday on the island.) It is a story of a murder and the Lewis born detective MacLeod. He returns to the island to uncover the murderer but goes on a journey that delves into his past. He, the hunter, becomes the hunted. For me a real page turner.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 28, 2011, 06:05:14 PM
^ Sounds great, Lin!

The author's website lists the title as The Blackhouse, and so does World Cat:

http://www.ur-web.net/PeterMayMain/lewispage.html

http://www.worldcat.org/title/blackhouse/oclc/663446486/editions?editionsView=true&referer=br

... but on the front cover, it looks like "black house" (two words):

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If I were cataloging it, I'd make an additional title entry for "Black house."
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 01, 2011, 01:14:09 PM
Looks good.. I might give that a try..  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 02, 2011, 12:47:40 AM
I guess it really should be one word. Blackhouses are only found in Scotland. I have visited the one mentioned below.

http://www.simplyscottish.com/readingroom/history/gaelic_blackhouse.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackhouse_%28building%29

They are so smokey and dark inside but there is an air of magic about them.

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on October 16, 2011, 03:56:02 PM
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 O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 23, 2011, 05:38:22 PM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on October 23, 2011, 05:43:46 PM
^ Good choice, Coop!  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 26, 2011, 08:58:42 AM


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Finished it while on holiday.  It was brilliant.

Looks good.. I might give that a try..  :)

Do so Gant I think you will like it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 11, 2011, 02:49:06 AM
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I highly recommend this one. Based on the life of George Mallory who attempted to climb Mount Everest back in the 1920's. Fascinating and just maybe Edmund Hillary wasn't the first man to the summit, 30 years later?

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 13, 2011, 10:03:07 PM

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Finished it while on holiday.  It was brilliant.


Looking forward to February 2012 when the sequel to The Blackhouse is published.  The Lewis Man.   At the end of the book there is a 'taster' of The Lewis Man and from the chapter that is printed I think it will be as good, if not better than The Blackhouse. We know the characters now so there is no need to introduce them. You can get right into the story. If the taster is chapter 1 then that is just what happens.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on November 23, 2011, 10:50:50 AM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 08, 2011, 02:41:47 AM
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The last Karin Slaughter book. Well until she writes another. Enjoyable but a little drawn out. Fans of her previous books will be satisfied.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 12, 2011, 02:27:43 PM
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FREAKONOMICS
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This book was recommended to me a while back but I only just got round to reading it.
Thoroughly enjoyable read.. The book challenges the reader to really think about the causes of things and
manages to make economics interesting and fun by looking at things from different perspectives.. such as
Why did the crime rate drop in America in the mid 90's.. ? The answer isn't one I'd ever heard put forward before..

A good read.. tho gets a bit light weight towards the end

4/5
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 18, 2011, 03:19:43 PM
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Thank God, for books. The films I've seen lately have been disappointing but this book was brilliant. This was actually the book SC sent me for my birthday and after starting it last week, I couldn't put it down. The true story of a group of Aussie soldiers during The Vietnam War who fought a battle only to have the whole episode wiped from the records, due to the treatment of the dead enemy bodies. It was like the platoon never exisited.

Totally absorbing, graphic and gives a good account of what is like and how war can change men forever and the battles they face long after leaving the battlefield.

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We all died in that [email protected]#king war - some of us are just taking longer to stop breathing

Jim Riddle. (Ghost Platoon. pp 294)

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: LCat on December 18, 2011, 03:56:44 PM
I think the book is titled Multiple Bles8ings, by Kate Gosselin. I lost interest in it and even put it in a recycle bin. I never do that with books!

I like biographies and autobiographies/memoirs.

LCat
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on December 21, 2011, 04:12:02 PM
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DIE TRYING  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 04, 2012, 11:51:29 PM
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Fans of the Bogart film will enjoy the book a lot more. Well I did anyway. Just like the film, plenty of twists and turns in this crime drama. A great read.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 05, 2012, 02:04:25 PM
I like the look of Ghost Platoon, think I'll order myself a copy. Looks like the kinda book my Dad would enjoy. He fought
Alongside Australian soldiers in Korea and thought very highly of them.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 06, 2012, 02:34:14 AM
I like the look of Ghost Platoon, think I'll order myself a copy. Looks like the kinda book my Dad would enjoy. He fought
Alongside Australian soldiers in Korea and thought very highly of them.

You won't be disappointed Gant.

I actually went out and bought the author's first book. It's about an Aussie sent to Vietnam long before combat troops set foot over there to train guerilla squads. But the CIA started to think he went native like Brando's character in Apocalypse Now so he had to go.

I only started reading it last night so stay tuned in a week or so for a review. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on January 06, 2012, 10:15:15 AM
Ace Frehley - No Regrets

I am about half way through this biography. It is one of the better rock bios that I have read(still reading). I will give a full rating  when I am finished. I tried to insert the image but I m terrible with that kind of thing.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 15, 2012, 07:50:58 PM
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Written by the same author who wrote Ghost Platoon. Recruited by the CIA in 1963, Australian Army Captain Barry Peterson was sent to Vietnam to train and lead guerilla squads of Montagnard tribesmen against the VC in the remote Central highlands. After two years in country and seeing how the conflict had changed with combat troops now in Vietnam, he knew the Americans were going about the war in the wrong way. When he refused CIA directives regarding assassination squads, the CIA wanted him out.

Another great read and has really got me wanting to read more about the whole war and what might have happened if JFK had lived. Would he have pulled out the military advisers early in 1964 or increased combat troops?

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 19, 2012, 05:57:29 PM
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Cracking spy thriller set in North Africa during WWII. A German spy is using the book, Rebecca as his code to send Rommell all the Allied movements in the desert and it's a British Major on his trail to turn the tide of the war.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 05, 2012, 10:31:52 AM
After really enjoying The Blackhouse by Peter May I have nearly finished the second book in the trilogy, The Lewis Man. The same characters and the Isles of Harris and Lewis are again interwoven. The third book The Chess Men will be next.  I suppose he chose the last title because of the Viking chess men that were found on the Isle of Lewis.


(http://www.ur-web.net/PeterMayMain/07Images/lewisman300.jpg)

I like the way he writes and the story goes back and forth from the present to Fin's past. It is done in such a way to enhance the story unlike some other books that use that style. A couple I have read in the past got me so confused I didn't know which was present or which was past.

About Chess Men found on Lewis if anyone is interested.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_mla/t/the_lewis_chessmen.aspx
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on March 05, 2012, 08:52:57 PM
A selection of the Lewis chessmen are at present on exhibition at the Cloisters, the medieval component of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2011/the-game-of-kings-medieval-ivory-chessmen-from-the-isle-of-lewis

(http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2011/~/media/Images/Exhibitions/2011/The%20Game%20of%20Kings/Game%20of%20Kings_poster2.ashx?mw=534)

I remember reading about this in the New York Times last year ... thought I had missed it, but it's still on until  April 22. I'll have to try to go!

Here's the Times story:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/arts/design/the-game-of-kings-medieval-ivory-chessmen-from-the-isle-of-lewis-at-the-cloisters.html
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 06, 2012, 03:17:48 AM
Thank you for the interesting post KC. DO try to get to see them as they are so much more amazing when you actually see them.

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Both these books try to delve into the history of the Lewis Chessmen, however not much is known about them so a lot is supposition and that makes for great reading.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 06, 2012, 02:05:44 PM
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Not as good as Chandler's The Big Sleep but still an entertaining who done it.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on March 07, 2012, 10:45:31 PM
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Horse Tradin' by Ben K. Green

This is a collection of mostly short stories recounting the author's adventures as a young horse and mule trader in and around Weatherford, Texas.  All the stories appear to have occurred when he was somewhere between 14 and 22 years of age.  This youthfulness adds to the fun in some of the horse trades, where he sometimes wins and sometimes loses.  I read this out loud to my family and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on March 26, 2012, 05:37:38 AM
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Yesterday was my husband Cyrille's birthday : as he has always been a real  fan of Steve McQueen, as he loves motorcycles and cars , I 've thought that this book would be perfect for him : "McQueen's  machines" .

I will read it of course later, some of the pictures are amazing ( several personnal ones lent by Chad McQueen, his son, and his first wife too).

A very nice book to have ! :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 26, 2012, 03:50:09 PM
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I just couldn't get into this, but like a bad movie I see it through to the end. Very disappointing after the other two Chandler books I read were good.

2/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 13, 2012, 06:11:45 PM
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The second Bones book is on a par with the first. These would be good if they made them into films but with the tv series so popular, they probably wouldn't be successful. The TV series changed the main character of Temperance Brennan to a much younger woman without a daughter.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on April 18, 2012, 01:17:11 PM
I just finished reading "Beach Music" by Pat Conroy. It begins with a young woman committing suicide by jumping off a bridge, leaving her husband to raise their young daughter alone. After his wife's death, he takes refuge in Italy, seeking to start a new life with his daughter, until a voice from the past comes back to haunt him. Pat Conroy has been called America's greatest living writer, and with works like "Beach Music," it's easy to see why. "Beach Music" says a lot about the powerful and pernicious effects of how the past shapes all of our lives, and how our unwillingness to come to terms with it has the potential to destroy us. It communicates beautifully the healing and redemptive power of love, and how in the end, we can only run away from pain for so long before the day we have to face it, when we have to cease trying to hide, and ultimately have to come home to ourselves. "Beach Music" comes with my highest recommendation, as does Conroy's "Prince of Tides."

Has anybody else read anything by Pat Conroy? If so, what were your impressions? I'd love to hear everyone else's thoughts on his work.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 21, 2012, 06:20:34 PM
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Fans will enjoy this, the third Bones book. Bikie gang war in Montreal and Tempe's nephew may be involved. I was hoping the main character wouldn't get attacked in this book like she has been in the first two but she does. Apart from that, it was enjoyable.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on April 26, 2012, 04:19:21 PM
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I just couldn't get into this, but like a bad movie I see it through to the end. Very disappointing after the other two Chandler books I read were good.

2/5.

Really  :o Farewell My Lovely was the first Raymond Chandler book that I read and I simply loved it.I have read it at least twice after that...however you could be right about the fact that there is two better books by Chandler:The Long Goodbye and The Big Sleep

Anyway my last one was

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The Bloody Sunrise
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 26, 2012, 11:18:14 PM
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Fourth Bones book is another good read but just when I thought the main character would get through the book without being attacked by the killer, she is.  ::)

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 27, 2012, 06:37:08 AM
^ Is that one of the features of the series? I once read a series of Swedish book where the cop who was the hero (narrating in the first person) got terribly tortured in some way right at the end of the book. Always in a different way, and he always gave the readers all the gory details. (But he still always got his man.)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 27, 2012, 01:31:23 PM
^ Is that one of the features of the series? I once read a series of Swedish book where the cop who was the hero (narrating in the first person) got terribly tortured in some way right at the end of the book. Always in a different way, and he always gave the readers all the gory details. (But he still always got his man.)

It seems to be. I haven't read them before but its happened in every book so far.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: allycat on April 27, 2012, 02:15:38 PM
I read a fantastic book in advance of my book group, called 'And the Band Played On'. 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, it's quite poignant to read about the author's grandfather, who went down with the ship (he was a violinist in the band) and the effect on his fiancee, his family and also many people in Southampton.

I'd recommend it to anyone.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/And-Band-Played-Violinist-Glovemaker/dp/1444707957 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/And-Band-Played-Violinist-Glovemaker/dp/1444707957)

P.S. I've forgotten how to post images (it's been a while!) so just posted the link to the book instead.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on April 27, 2012, 06:16:24 PM
You can also get it from the library ... ;)

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/709683300

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Ally, it's real easy to post images. Just put the URL between [ img] [ /img] tags (without the space after the opening bracket). :)

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on April 28, 2012, 06:32:22 AM
(http://robertgoolrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/end_hero.jpg)

Robert Goolrick : "The End of the World as we Know it" (translated by "Féroces" in French)

 I finished it late, last night, warmly wrapped in a plaid, and when I put it on the table, took off my glasses, it was as if I had not taken a long breathe for a long time ...

This autobiography is so stunning, moving, dark that it gives you a big uppercut in stomach : some chapters are terrible, the despair of that man is so deep, sad, unbelievable and the reason of that despair so unforgivable that I just couldn't move, couldn't think of anything else.

Maybe would you find this strange : for the first time of my life, I lit up a candle for this man I will surely never meet, Robert Goolrick, for the small boy he was, only for a few years in his life.
http://robertgoolrick.com/?page_id=9
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: allycat on April 28, 2012, 08:12:49 AM
You can also get it from the library ... ;)

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/709683300

(http://coverart.oclc.org/ImageWebSvc/oclc/+-+558831452_140.jpg?SearchOrder=+-+OT,OS,TN,FA,GO)

Ally, it's real easy to post images. Just put the URL between [ img] [ /img] tags (without the space after the opening bracket). :)



Thanks KC, but can you just put any weblink between the image tags? I remember last time I put an image up I had to upload it to Image shack. That was a long time ago!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 28, 2012, 02:40:48 PM
Most sites allow direct linking of images but some such as imdb don't. That's when you have to save the pic to your computer and upload it using imageshack. :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 29, 2012, 11:03:41 PM
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Another good Bones read apart from, well you know. :D

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 09, 2012, 04:22:52 AM
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I'm really getting through these now. I read Monday Mourning in 3 days!!

It's quite bizarre how some books will put me to sleep after a half dozen pages while others I can read and read and read for a couple of hours.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 09, 2012, 10:12:19 AM
It's quite bizarre how some books will put me to sleep after a half dozen pages while others I can read and read and read for a couple of hours.

That has a lot to do with the author and how they write.  Good books will keep you reading.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 13, 2012, 03:47:34 AM
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The 8th Bones book and this was probably the best one so far. Have they discover the family tomb of Jesus Christ. Are the bones that of Jesus himself. Did he survive the crucifixion and raise a family? It's all very far fetched but an enjoyable read nonetheless.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 19, 2012, 02:48:47 PM
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Another enjoyable read. This one delves a bit more into the main character's private life. If you read the books in order it makes more sense and you see how the working and personal relationships  with other characters evolves.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on May 19, 2012, 07:05:02 PM
Schofield, you've read all of these Kathy Reich books one after the other, in a relatively short period of time. How do you do that? I understand the appeal of a series, but not in reading them all at the same time. Don't you get tired of reading the same thing over and over again? It's the same characters, with variations on the same stories, right? That doesn't get old for you?

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 19, 2012, 08:43:55 PM
Schofield, you've read all of these Kathy Reich books one after the other, in a relatively short period of time. How do you do that? I understand the appeal of a series, but not in reading them all at the same time. Don't you get tired of reading the same thing over and over again? It's the same characters, with variations on the same stories, right? That doesn't get old for you?

No, I've been quite surprised that I have been reading them so quickly. I've enjoyed the stories, they're not the same over and over again, apart from the main character getting attacked or threatened by the killer in each book. Like I said earlier, some books I can enjoy but only get through about 6 pages before falling asleep. These books have me going for 2 hours some nights. I only stop because I need to get up early for work.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on May 20, 2012, 06:09:10 PM
I just read "The Happiness Hypothesis" by Jonathan Haidt. I thought it was a fascinating read. It did a wonderful job of synthesizing most of the recent research on happiness and positive psychology, and provided very interesting analyses of many religious interpretations of happiness, success, and fulfillment in life. It gave a more nuanced look at many ancient concepts, and re-inteprets these concepts in interesting and useful ways. For example, it showed quite clearly why money, beyond a certain level, does not increase personal happiness, mostly due to what is known as hedonic adaptation, which is the tendency of us all to become accustomed to whatever our standard of living happens to be, and to strive for even more. However, there are certain things that human beings do not adapt to, where efforts to increase personal happiness may be more fruitful. It also explains what the author feels are some flaws in the Buddhist way of thinking, which is currently finding favor with many in our culture, and strives to preach a lifestyle of non-attachment. The author shows how striving to merely be at peace with everything in your life can sometimes be counterproductive. There are some attachments that are good, such as investments in personal relationships, love and friendship, and others that are not so good. To say that attachment, as a construct, is bad is too simplistic, the author argues. I am already quite familiar with much of what the book covers, so for me, it may not have been as useful, but for someone who is not already well-versed in all of these concepts, it is a great way to learn more. I thought it was very well-written, and discussed all of these topics in an interesting and thought-provoking way. I'd recommend picking it up. Has anyone else read it?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 25, 2012, 12:49:49 AM
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These two were probably the first books in the series to disappoint me. Bones To Ashes started off well enough but the plot took a turn towards kiddie porn and paedophiles and that wasn't my cup of tea. Devil Bones was the opposite, I wasn't enjoying it until the second half of the book.

2/5.  2/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 29, 2012, 11:44:06 PM
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You don't have to wait until the final few chapters to know if Tempe will be attacked in this book. It's starts with her tied up in a hole underground and flashes back and forth from there. An improvement on the last couple of books in the series.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 30, 2012, 01:10:35 AM
Wow you are really ploughing through books now SK.   I remember when you first started talking about reading in this discussion.   :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 11, 2012, 11:09:46 PM
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Released here as Mortal Remains for some unknown reason. Another good read as a body is discovered and his ID is for a man who was killed in action in Vietnam in '68. Only one more Bones book to go.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 23, 2012, 09:43:46 PM
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The final Bones book until the next one is released. On a par with the rest of them. I wouldn't say these books were fantastic but they weren't boring. I just found them so easy to read and some only took a few days. As I said back when I started them, if you're a fan of the TV series, you'll enjoy them. Even though the character is a lot older and different to the one portrayed onscreen.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on June 29, 2012, 02:02:48 PM
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Red Harvest                                                                                Vengeance Is Mine
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on June 29, 2012, 06:52:35 PM
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Red Harvest 

Notice any similarities to A Fistful of Dollars? ???
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on June 30, 2012, 02:30:17 PM
Notice any similarities to A Fistful of Dollars? ???

Yes  :) I had read the book before so I knew about the similarities...btw I wonder why Walter Hill made mediocre version of A Fistful Of Dollars/Yojimbo with his Last Man Standing (1996).Why he did not do a cool version of Dashiell Hammett`s"Red Harvest" ???

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 03, 2012, 07:56:55 PM
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After breezing through those Bones books and enjoying them so much, I didn't know what to read next. In the library the weekend before last, I wandered around for ages before finally deciding to read this. I shouldn't have bothered. I just could not get into it but like a bad movie, I always stick it out till the end. I just found it boring and a trial just to read a few pages at a time. I haven't seen the film but the book hasn't made me want to anyway.

1/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 03, 2012, 08:42:44 PM
Ever read Lee Child, SK? A few of us in my set are big fans. They're a little improbably plotted, but there's lots of action, and the hero bears a certain resemblance to Clint in his "Man with No Name" days.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 03, 2012, 09:07:41 PM
Ever read Lee Child, SK? A few of us in my set are big fans. They're a little improbably plotted, but there's lots of action, and the hero bears a certain resemblance to Clint in his "Man with No Name" days.

I've seen a lot of his books whenever I'm at the shops and the library has some but I wasn't sure if I could just pick any one of the Jack Reacher books and not start with the first one?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 03, 2012, 10:42:11 PM
I started out with Echo Burning, which I think is the fifth in the series, then went back and read them more or less in order, starting with Killing Floor, which was the first. But I don't think the order matters too much. There are things that sometimes get carried over from book to book, like in one of them he acquires a girlfriend and a house, so in the next one he'll have to find out a way to lose those encumbrances. But you figure he would, anyway, because that's his nature.

Only thing is, two of the latest ones, 61 Hours and Worth Dying For, really should be read in that order because 61 Hours ends in a cliffhanger.

There are two "prequels" in the series, going back to Reacher's days as an Army M.P. They're The Enemy and the latest to date, The Affair. I think you get more out of them if you read them when you already know the character, though you could argue that if you start with them, you would be following strict chronological order.

Anyway, by all means, pick up any one you can find from the library or buy a cheap paperback if you come across one, and see if they're to your taste.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 03, 2012, 10:53:33 PM
I started out with Echo Burning, which I think is the fifth in the series, then went back and read them more or less in order, starting with Killing Floor, which was the first. But I don't think the order matters too much. There are things that sometimes get carried over from book to book, like in one of them he acquires a girlfriend and a house, so in the next one he'll have to find out a way to lose those encumbrances. But you figure he would, anyway, because that's his nature.

Only thing is, two of the latest ones, 61 Hours and Worth Dying For, really should be read in that order because 61 Hours ends in a cliffhanger.

There are two "prequels" in the series, going back to Reacher's days as an Army M.P. They're The Enemy and the latest to date, The Affair. I think you get more out of them if you read them when you already know the character, though you could argue that if you start with them, you would be following strict chronological order.

Anyway, by all means, pick up any one you can find from the library or buy a cheap paperback if you come across one, and see if they're to your taste.


Thanks KC. :)

I just checked my library's website and they have about 8 or 9 Lee Child books. I would prefer to read them in order and Killing Floor isn't on that list so I might see if I can find it cheap somewhere and go from there.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 06, 2012, 05:10:37 PM
I would prefer to read them in order and Killing Floor isn't on that list so I might see if I can find it cheap somewhere and go from there.

Picked it up this morning for $10. 8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 10, 2012, 05:41:59 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/8f/FrederickForsyth_TheDayOfTheJackal.jpg/200px-FrederickForsyth_TheDayOfTheJackal.jpg)

Very enjoyable. This is set out in three parts. Part 1 is the  background to why French terrorists want Charles DeGaulle assassinated, the hiring of "The Jackal" and his preparations for the assassination attempt. Part 2 is the investigation by authorities in tracking down "The Jackal". Part 3 is the big finale with the authorities closing in and whether they can apprehend "The Jackal" before it's too late.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on July 22, 2012, 08:53:09 PM
I've started reading a new author that I've really been enjoying and wanted to recommend to you all. Her name is Gillian Flynn. The first book I read that she wrote is actually her newest, which is called "Gone Girl." It has recently been optioned by Hollywood. Her second book that I read was called "Dark Places." It has also been optioned by Hollywood, as a potential starring vehicle for Eastwood's soon-to be co-star, Amy Adams. Gillian Flynn is a very talented writer. Her stories are very expertly plotted and her characters are rich and well developed. If you're looking for a new writer to thrill and excite, terrify and enlighten you, pick up one of her books today! Once you pick one of her books up, you won't be able to put them down. I read a lot, but her work really is unique. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 22, 2012, 09:10:31 PM
I've started reading a new author that I've really been enjoying and wanted to recommend to you all. Her name is Gillian Flynn. The first book I read that she wrote is actually her newest, which is called "Gone Girl." It has recently been optioned by Hollywood. Her second book that I read was called "Dark Places." It has also been optioned by Hollywood, as a potential starring vehicle for Eastwood's soon-to be co-star, Amy Adams. Gillian Flynn is a very talented writer. Her stories are very expertly plotted and her characters are rich and well developed. If you're looking for a new writer to thrill and excite, terrify and enlighten you, pick up one of her books today! Once you pick one of her books up, you won't be able to put them down. I read a lot, but her work really is unique. 

What are the books about AKA?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on July 23, 2012, 09:35:38 AM
What are the books about AKA?

I'm not very good at plot descriptions, so I'll link to what Amazon has to say about these books:

Quote
Gone Girl: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
 
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

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Dark Places: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Novel-Gillian-Flynn/dp/030758836X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_c
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Places-Novel-Gillian-Flynn/dp/0307341577/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1343061219&sr=1-1&keywords=dark+places
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on July 26, 2012, 03:30:40 AM
(http://www.paninicomics.fr/PortletCMS/servlet/ResourceLoaderPortletServlet?id_img=33363)

CLINT EASTWOOD , L'ICONE .  A beautiful big book full of worldwide Clint Eastwood's movies affiches, with comments, a must for a real fan ! I had it yesterday evening, and spent at least 2 hours to discover the various ones from everywhere, a real pleasure !

David Frangioni : THANK YOU !!!
I know several Members have already got it on their "Eastwood Books shelf" ! O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 26, 2012, 11:44:31 PM
(http://covers.booktopia.com.au/9780553825671/killing-floor-the-first-jack-reacher-novel-priced-to-get-you-started.jpg)

I was very disappointed with this. I got about 70 pages into it and it just hadn't grabbed me and I thought, "Mmm, this doesn't bode too well, I've still got 450 pages to go." It slowly got a little interesting but if it wasn't for my hard and fast rule regarding books and films that I stick it out till the end, I would've given it away. It reminded me of watching a really long film and the painful wait just for it to slowly get to the conclusion.

2/5.

I've started the second book in the series, Die Trying but again after 100 pages it hasn't grabbed me and this one is even longer but I'll reserve final judgemnet until I've finished.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on July 30, 2012, 08:05:56 AM
You might want to switch to a different series of books! :o ;) :D

That is cool, though, that you stick it out. Sometimes it seems I'll start a book and will just get away from it without actually meaning to. It's not that it didn't interest me or I didn't like it, but I just get my mind on other things it seems.

I have started The Hunger Games and am committed to finishing the book. I would like to get in the rest of the series too.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 04, 2012, 05:27:58 PM
You might want to switch to a different series of books! :o ;) :D

That's what I'll be doing.

(http://www.leechild.com/images/dietrying_uk_pb2.jpg)

This didn't improve on the first novel. The same drawn out feeling like it was a chore just to get through it.

I know it's only fiction but there was one page in this book that I just couldn't stop shaking my head in bewilderment.

Reacher and FBI Agent Holly Johnson are in the woods and come across a body that has been crucified. Of course she can't handle the sight of it and throws up. Reacher cuts the body down and buries it. Before the end of the page, they're naked and having sex in the dirt! I mean, come on, are you kidding me?

2/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on August 04, 2012, 05:39:51 PM
Reacher and FBI Agent Holly Johnson are in the woods and come across a body that has been crucified. Of course she can't handle the sight of it and throws up. Reacher cuts the body down and buries it. Before the end of the page, they're naked and having sex in the dirt! I mean, come on, are you kidding me?
:o :D

And I see these are the Jack Reacher novels that the new movie is adapted from!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 04, 2012, 06:14:46 PM
That's what I'll be doing.

(http://www.leechild.com/images/dietrying_uk_pb2.jpg)

This didn't improve on the first novel. The same drawn out feeling like it was a chore just to get through it.

I know it's only fiction but there was one page in this book that I just couldn't stop shaking my head in bewilderment.

Reacher and FBI Agent Holly Johnson are in the woods and come across a body that has been crucified. Of course she can't handle the sight of it and throws up. Reacher cuts the body down and buries it. Before the end of the page, they're naked and having sex in the dirt! I mean, come on, are you kidding me?

2/5.
If I recall right, that was the one where Holly was abducted because she's the daughter of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Reacher gets abducted with her because he just happens to bump into her at the wrong time. They're taken off to a site where a paramiltary cult is plotting to overthrow the US government. I don't recall the sex in the sand at that particular juncture, but I do remember thinking it was pretty improbable that they would let Reacher escape, recapture him, then let him escape again ... over and over.

But the Reacher novels aren't really about the stories, they're about the character, and about he is always, always, bigger, stronger and smarter than any opponent he meets up with. And he never becomes attached to anyone. If he has sex with a women somewhere along the way, he'll be saying goodbye to her by the last page (with a couple of "cliffhanger" exceptions), And for the most part, the women are pretty strong, smart and capable themselves ... worthy partners, not just bimbos along for the ride. All this may help explain why a lot of Reacher fans are female.

:o :D

And I see these are the Jack Reacher novels that the new movie is adapted from!

It's adapted from a later novel in the series ... and Tom Cruise is starring. A lot of Reacher fans are up in arms about that. That little superannuated shrimp is going to play Jack Reacher, six foot four and two hundred and forty pounds of brute strength and intelligence?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 05, 2012, 12:39:09 AM
It's adapted from a later novel in the series ... and Tom Cruise is starring. A lot of Reacher fans are up in arms about that. That little superannuated shrimp is going to play Jack Reacher, six foot four and two hundred and forty pounds of brute strength and intelligence?

I so agree with you KC.  Reacher could have been played by many of the hunky male stars of today so why pick a little squirt?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 10, 2012, 07:25:04 PM
(http://www.stieglarsson.com/content/images/uploaded/list_24474/122887_1830846853.jpg_150.jpg)

I took AKA's recommendation and picked this up last weekend at the library. I enjoyed it more than the last couple of books I've read. I would've enjoyed it more had it scrapped the first 60 pages and the last 100 where it concentrated on the journalist's libel court case and then his revenge. Had it just been about the journalist's search for a 40 year mystery of what happened to a 16 year old girl who vanished, that would have been enough for me. When that was resolved, I still had 100 pages to go and I wasn't interested in the other storyline.

3.5/5
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 10, 2012, 08:26:57 PM
The second book, or maybe it's the third, also has a long digression involving the editor of the magazine where the journalist works. She takes a job at a major Stockholm daily and finds herself being stalked by someone who works at the paper. You get the feeling when you read all three books that Larsson had been saving up little bits and pieces of stories for years, and was determined to make one long, continuous story out of them. (And by the way, he had planned for the series to run several more volumes.)

They're all pretty good as page-turners, though. And the central character, Lisbeth Salander, is a remarkable invention.

Did you see either of the movies based on this first book (which in the original Swedish was titled Män som hatar kvinnor, "Men Who Hate Women")?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 10, 2012, 08:46:27 PM
Did you see either of the movies based on this first book (which in the original Swedish was titled Män som hatar kvinnor, "Men Who Hate Women")?

No, I haven't. Are they worthwhile and which is better?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on August 10, 2012, 09:05:45 PM
I've only seen the US version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it made me want to read the book. I don't know when that'll happen... and I'd like to see the Swedish films too.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on August 10, 2012, 09:07:06 PM
I'm glad you took my suggestion, and that you ended up enjoying the book. I actually found the second book to be the best of the trilogy. For me, the first was the weakest of the books. There was way too much exposition of all the different family members, and their life stories, that detracted from the more interesting elements.

As for the movies, I've only seen the American remake, directed by David Fincher, and I thought that it was quite good. Of the Swedish films, I've heard the first is the best, and that the second and third are much less good, though there is apparently an extended release version of all of these movies (the Swedish films were originally designed as a miniseries, which were cut to make the films). The extended release version is supposed to be much better.

You read pretty fast, SK! I hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 10, 2012, 09:10:14 PM
Did you see either of the movies based on this first book (which in the original Swedish was titled Män som hatar kvinnor, "Men Who Hate Women")?

No, I haven't. Are they worthwhile and which is better?


They're both pretty decent. I saw the Swedish movie first. My reaction to Fincher's version (not really a remake, since he went back to the book and didn't even watch the first movie) was, "Was this movie necessary?" And I'm a big fan of Daniel Craig, who has it all over the guy who played Blomkvist in the Swedish version in the charisma department, but he didn't really have much to do.

I also thought Noomi Rapace was a much stronger Lisbeth Salander than Rooney Mara, who played the part for Fincher.

Since the book is so long, both movie versions leave out quite a bit, but as you can imagine ... that's not necessarily a disadvantage.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 10, 2012, 09:14:06 PM
Of course all three of the books are much better in the original Swedish. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 10, 2012, 09:23:46 PM
You read pretty fast, SK! I hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy.

If the book is interesting I'll knock it over in less than a week.

The library only has the second book of the trilogy on CD and I haven't been a fan of listening to someone read to me since I was about 8.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on August 10, 2012, 09:38:29 PM
The library only has the second book of the trilogy on CD and I haven't been a fan of listening to someone read to me since I was about 8.
I'm not a fan of audio books either. I don't seem to get as much out of it while listening.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on August 12, 2012, 06:49:49 PM
I recently finished a fascinating book. It's called "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain. The premise of the book is that American society and culture has fallen prey to what Cain terms the "Extrovert Ideal." This is the tendency to prize very highly sociability, being outgoing, being bold, being outspoken, etc. She also feels that we dramatically undervalue the qualities that introverts possess. The ability to be quiet, reflective, to think before taking risks, to be soft-spoken, and to be thoughtful and deliberate, are, she feels, essential skills to success, and are things that society needs to operate and function well. In many ways, she feels as if the "Extrovert Ideal" is often counterproductive, and that an excessive reliance on these qualities can lead to very poor decisions. She traces this preference for the "Extrovert Ideal" to our schools, our workplaces, and even our relationships. What I found so interesting about her book is that it was the first thing that I had read that advocated that it was okay to be introverted. That there isn't necessarily something wrong with those of us who are this way, and that there are proven advantages to this personality style. What's great about this book is that Cain tells us introverts that it's okay to be the way we are, and helps us to see when making changes are helpful, and desirable, and when they are less so. She acknowledges when it would be helpful to cultivate the more extroversive side of our personalities, and shows us that both are valuable and needed, but are useful in different contexts. I think it contains a lot of useful information, and was a really worthwhile read. I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on August 13, 2012, 07:43:46 AM
That does sound interesting, AKA, especially with me being an introvert as well.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 18, 2012, 05:42:49 PM
(http://www.ianrankin.net/assets_cm/files/image/cover_knotts_and_crosses_small.jpg)

Doug recommended this author and I'm glad he did. I enjoyed this crime yarn, the first in a series of books with the Scottish police inspector John Rebus and at just over 200 pages it didn't drag on with useless sub plots and the like. Unfortunately the library only has a few of Ian Rankin's books. Hopefully I can find the ones they don't have cheap somewhere.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 22, 2012, 06:36:29 AM
I am so pleased you like Ian Rankin SK. i love his books and have read them all. Apart from the latest that isn't out yet. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 25, 2012, 05:25:00 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/93/TheFourthHand.png/200px-TheFourthHand.png)

I got a couple of chapters into this and was completely lost. The book was OK but it took me a while to realise that after reading so many crime novels lately that this was so different from any of them.

After that, I enjoyed it. A friend had recommended this author and I thought I hadn't heard of him but he had written The World According To Garp and The Cider House Rules. Winning an Academy Award for the screenplay for the latter.

Anyway the story concerns a tv news reporter who loses his hand in a lion attack during an interview on live tv. He receives a hand transplant and the widow of the donor wants visitation rights to the hand after the operation. Sounds a little wacky and it is.

I have to say too that the author seems obsessed with sex. You couldn't go more than a couple of pages without there being a sex scene or just the mere mention of it. Not that that concerned me but others beware.

4/5.

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 25, 2012, 05:40:35 PM
Your last paragraph, in combination with the visitation rights for the hand, makes this sound a bit bizarre, indeed.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 25, 2012, 05:42:05 PM
I did say it was wacky. :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on August 26, 2012, 04:52:34 AM
I like John Irving a lot, though I haven't kept up on all his latest novels.  His novels tend to start slowly with a lot of back story, but they're always entertaining once they get going.  I remember flying through The Cider House Rules in just a few days, and that's a long book.  (And much better than the movie.)  Besides The World According to Garp I recommend A Hotel New Hampshire, another one obsessed with sex and even sibling incest.  The last book of his I read was A Son of the Circus and it was of course quite good.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 01, 2012, 08:05:30 PM
Now reading

(http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/4761/hns2865015378.jpg)

You Only Live Twice  O0

And I´m dying to get my hands on Lee Child`s The Affair that is only now translated to finnish.I´ve been too long without my Jack Reacher fix  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on September 01, 2012, 08:14:16 PM
I've got a series of classics coming up that I'll be reading. I just finished up Oedipus the King tonight. I'll resist making jokes like, "Gee, that guy could give anyone a complex!" ;) :D ;D I'd studied the play a little bit in a theater class a long time ago, but this is the first time I'd ever read it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 02, 2012, 11:28:27 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kbM0XaA7pn0/TR8uKIgN6LI/AAAAAAAAAKk/2nVw0VDFAKM/s1600/postmortem.jpg)

AmericanBeauty mentioned this author in the Favorite Authors Thread so I'd thought I'd check out the first in a long series of books. This reminded me of the Bones books so much, even down to the killer coming after the main character towards the end.

Not bad.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 03, 2012, 02:42:13 AM
I think Patricia Cornwell's books get better as she continues to write
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 05, 2012, 12:23:14 AM
Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT2Shgs--KAwqUD07pkqUY_aafXt1OW7LksT8L527vars6vFijGQw)

I was stuck in various airports across Europe this weekend and managed to read the whole of Nina's autobiography.
Nina Simone's always been one of my favourite artists and this was a fasinating read..

An absolutely unique artist... Amazing pianist, songwriter, political activist.. We lost her too early.. We just don't seem to get talent like this any more..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 05, 2012, 01:13:26 AM
Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You

An absolutely unique artist... Amazing pianist, songwriter, political activist.. We lost her too early.. We just don't seem to get talent like this any more..

I loved her style and you are so right Gant, talent like hers has long gone.  :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 05, 2012, 04:08:03 AM
I'll never forgive myself Lin for not having gotten to see her perform live when I had the chance..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 05, 2012, 04:56:58 AM
I know how you feel. I always promised myself to go to see Cleo Lane and Johnny Dankworth but just didn't get around to it.  Too late now.  :( 

I put off going to see Gene Kruper when he came to Sydney and then a friend said he may never come back again so I rushed to the Sliver Spade room and got almost the last ticket.  What a fantastic show.  When Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey and Sarah Vaughan appeared at the same venue I bought tickets right away. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 05, 2012, 06:44:37 AM
Wow !!! You got to see Gene Krupa... amazing, I'm dead jealous... I was lucky enough to see Buddy Rich and that
was an amazing night...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 05, 2012, 11:52:51 PM
I am jealous of you Gant.  Buddy Rich Wow!!!  

Some years later I also saw Louie Bellson in Sydney.  
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 06, 2012, 12:54:18 AM
Your killing me here Lin..  ;D

I did get to see my all time drum hero Art Blakey a couple of time,
Here in London and in NY... These guys arn't ever gonna be replaced.

Belson.... WOW !
I've got an amazing album of him playing with James Brown..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 06, 2012, 06:49:03 AM
Now I have never seen Art Blakey.   :(

Bellson played the drum solo Caravan, along with other stuff, but that one stays in my mind.

Drummers of their calibre wont come again.  One drummer I have seen who I really like is Martyn Kaine.  Kyle's Drummer.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41vY3DIy8mL._AA160_.jpg)

I got it from the library and enjoyed it.   It has recipes, stories and anecdotes about Art's life.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 06, 2012, 06:55:51 AM
That picture is a little hard to see ...   :)

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/802547561
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 06, 2012, 09:10:31 AM
Yeah... I was a bit dissapointed how good Kyle's drummer is... I was hoping to get in there....  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 06, 2012, 05:11:55 PM
Yeah... I was a bit dissapointed how good Kyle's drummer is... I was hoping to get in there....  :)

 ;D   That would have been just perfect.  8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 06, 2012, 11:26:59 PM
One day that phone will ring...  :)

I really do like his music... I'm definitely gonna
 go see him next time at Ronnie Scotts.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 08, 2012, 12:16:14 AM
(http://www.wendyroyal.com/images/medium/open_season_cj_box_MED.jpg)

A friend at work recommended this author that I'd never heard of. C J Box has written 12 novels revolving around the character of Joe Pickett. If they are all like the first novel, I'll be reading them all. This one only took me three days to knock over. Joe Pickett is a Wyoming Game Warden. In the first novel, when a poacher is found dead on Joe's property the investigation reveals corruption, greed and more murders in the small town and Joe's family isn't spared from the trouble.

Highly recommended.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 08, 2012, 12:52:51 AM
I think I'll give that a go Kid....
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 08, 2012, 01:12:20 AM
I think I'll give that a go Kid....


8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 14, 2012, 09:56:52 PM
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Laconic Joe Pickett returns to his slightly offbeat duties in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains in C. J. Box's Savage Run. Joe is called to the scene when an exploding cow kills a famous ecoterrorist, Stewie Woods, and his bride of three days, who were peacefully spiking trees. A visit to the cow's pugnacious owner leaves Joe defensive, angry, and curious: Why doesn't the rancher ask any questions about the bizarre accident that happened on his land? Then Joe's wife, Marybeth, begins receiving phone calls from her high-school boyfriend—-the peculiarly healthy-sounding Stewie Woods. Stewie may or may not be alive, but his old pal Hayden Powell and other environmental activists are all turning up deceased in strange circumstances. As the body count climbs, Joe tries to sort out the bad guys, the good guys, and the truly dead guys in this sometimes funny, sometimes angry sequel to Box's award-winning first novel, Open Season. Box depicts the spare beauty and cussed individualism of the intermountain West with the sure hand of a seasoned writer. --Barrie Trinkle

http://www.cjbox.net/books/savage-run

As with the first book, I was able to read this in three days. Very enjoyable.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 14, 2012, 10:29:35 PM
An exploding cow? :o
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 23, 2012, 11:46:42 PM
(http://bookmunch.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/winterkill.jpg)

The third Joe Pickett novel. Again, this one didn't disappoint.

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The third Joe Pickett outing from CJ Box finds our (still slightly unlikely) game warden hero once caught up in intrigue in the Bighorn Mountains. ‘Beyond the rim to the west was Battle Mountain, separated from the Wolf Range by the Crazy Woman Creek, which flowed, eventually, into the Twelve Sleep River.’ The novel opens with a drunken federal employee called Lamar Gardiner gunning down more elk than he is legally supposed to. Joe tries to take him in – only to find himself handcuffed to his steering wheel and trying to give chase through the beginnings of a blizzard. But Lamar’s getaway proves his undoing. Joe eventually finds him:
 

‘…held to the trunk of the tree by two arrows that had gone completely through his chest and into the wood, pinning him upright against the tree. His chin rested on his chest, and Joe could see blood spreading down from his neck. His throat had been cut. The snow around the tree had been tramped by boots.’

bookmunch.wordpress.com (http://bookmunch.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/%E2%80%98if-you%E2%80%99re-a-fan-of-intelligent-crime-the-joe-pickett-series-should-be-your-first-stop%E2%80%99-winterkill-by-cj-box/)

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 06, 2012, 04:39:47 PM
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It's an idyllic late summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever-or whoever-attacked the animal was ruthless: Half the animal's face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the assault, Pickett begins to investigate what he hopes is an isolated incident. Days later, after the discovery of a small herd of mutilated cattle, Pickett realizes this is something much bigger. Local authorities are quick to label the attacks the work of a grizzly bear, but Joe knows otherwise. The cuts on the moose and the cattle were too clean, too precise to have been made by jagged teeth. Are the animals only practice for a killer about to move on to a different, more challenging prey? Joe's worst fears are realized when the bodies of two men are discovered within days of each other, their wounds eerily similar to those found on the moose and cattle. There's a vicious killer, a modern-day Jack the Ripper, on the loose in The Bighorn Mountains - and it appears his rampage is just beginning.

http://www.cjbox.net/books/trophy-hunt

4/5.

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Quote
Joe Pickett is attempting to survive his mother-in-law's wedding to a wealthy local rancher when he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen, a fellow Wyoming game warden and a good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to temporarily run Jensen's Teton district.
 
Jackson Hole is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring -- it's the epicenter for many environmental extremists and an elite playground for the rich and powerful -- and Joe quickly finds himself over his head. Yet despite the pressures of his new job and his surprising and disturbing attraction for a married woman named Stella, he can't get his friend's suicide out of his mind. By all accounts, Will had changed in the last few months of his life, becoming violent and unpredictable.
 
Meanwhile, back at home, Marybeth is frightened by threatening phone calls and asks the outlaw falconer Nate Romanowski for assistance, not realizing she has opened the door to much more than help.
 
The closer Joe comes to the truth about Will's death, the more his own life begins to mirror Will's and spiral out of control -- and he realizes that if he's not careful, he may end up as Jackson's next victim.

http://www.cjbox.net/books/out-range

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on October 06, 2012, 08:57:35 PM
Glad to see that you're finding the quality of these books to hold up from book to book! O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 06, 2012, 10:50:06 PM
I've been really surprised that each one so far has held my interest and are only taking a few days to read. I'm reading number 6 now so there's another 6 to go. Reading them in order is the way to go too as things are mentioned from previous books and the main character's daughters get a little older in each book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 07, 2012, 10:23:28 PM
(http://bookmunch.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/in-plain-sight.jpg)

The best one in the series so far. I started reading this yesterday afternoon and finished it just now. I couldn't put it down. I'd finish a chapter and just had to keep reading to find out what would happen next.

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J. W. Keeley is a man with a score to settle. He blames one man for the death of his brother: Joe Pickett. And now J.W. is going to make him suffer.
 
Spring has finally come to Saddlestring, Wyoming and game warden Joe Pickett is relieved the long, harsh winter is finally over. However, a cloud of trouble threatens to spoil the milder weather—local matriarch and ranch owner Opal Scarlett has vanished under suspicious circumstances. Two of her sons, Hank and Arlen, are battling for control of their mother's multi-million dollar empire and their bitter fight threatens to tear the whole valley apart.
 
Everyone is so caught up in the brothers' battle that they seem to have forgotten that Opal is missing. Joe is convinced, though, that the local outfitter who was the last to see her alive isn’t responsible for her murder. He begins to believe the reason for Opal’s disappearance is much more twisted and sinister.

http://www.cjbox.net/content/plain-sight

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 14, 2012, 02:37:16 AM
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I got half way through this and was thinking what a huge disappointment it was after the last book that I couldn't put down. Then it picked up in the second half and turned out to be just as good as the first five books in the series.

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Joe Pickett, recently fired from his job as a Wyoming game warden, is working on his father-in-law’s ranch when he receives a visit from the governor. Governor Rulon – a devious but down-home politico – has a special request, one Joe knows he can’t refuse. For weeks, the headlines have been abuzz with the story of Clay McCann, a lawyer who slaughtered four campers in a far-off corner of Yellowstone.
 
After the murders, McCann immediately turned himself in at the nearest ranger station. Seemed like a slam-dunk case for law enforcement – except that the crimes were committed in a thin sliver of land with zero residents and overlapping jurisdiction, the so-called free-fire zone. McCann has taken advantage of an obscure loophole in the law: neither the state nor the federal government can try him for his crime. The worst mass murderer in Wyoming history walks out of jail a free man.

http://www.cjbox.net/books/free-fire

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 15, 2012, 01:33:10 AM
In view of your enthusiasm SK, I will try to get the first book from the library when I go tomorrow.  I hope they have Open Season.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 16, 2012, 05:14:49 PM
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Another enjoyable read. Number 8 in the series. I like how in these books, characters from earlier books pop up and are connected to the current story.

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It’s elk season in the Rockies, but this year one hunter is stalking a different kind of prey. When the call comes in on the radio, Joe Pickett can hardly believe his ears: game wardens have found a hunter dead at a camp in the mountains—strung up, gutted, skinned, and beheaded, as if he were the elk he’d been pursuing. A spent cartridge and a poker chip lie next to his body.

http://www.cjbox.net/books/blood-trail

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 21, 2012, 05:44:55 PM
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I like how in these books, characters from earlier books pop up and are connected to the current story.

I said that before knowing anything about this bombshell in book number 9 in the series.

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“Tell Sherry April called.” That simple phone message shakes Joe Pickett’s oldest daughter Sheridan and the rest of the family to the core. To Joe, it doesn’t seem even remotely possible that April could have survived the massacre described in Winterkill six years before. He was there, and he was unable to save her. But Sheridan starts to believe there’s a chance that April is still alive, and her suspicions are confirmed when the person sending texts to her cell phone is able to recall family incidents only April could know.

http://www.cjbox.net/books/below-zero

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 22, 2012, 02:50:50 AM
Thanks for posting the link SK. It was interesting to hear him talk about his novels. He doesn't look anything like I imagined, however I found him to be someone I would like to get to know and the best way to do that is to read his books.

There wasn't a copy of any of his books in the library but they are ordering Open Season for me so I hope to start reading the first one very soon.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 25, 2012, 10:57:19 PM
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Joe Pickett’s in his last week as the temporary game warden in the isolated town of Baggs, Wyoming, but there have been strange things going on in the surrounding mountains, and his conscience won’t let him leave without checking them out: reports of camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. And then there’s the runner who’s gone missing – an Olympic hopeful who’d been training in the region and then just…vanished. Joe doesn’t mind admitting that the farther he rides, the more he wishes he could just turn around and go home. And he is right to be concerned. Because what awaits him is like nothing he’s ever dealt with, like something out of an old story, except this is all too real and all too deadly. When he’d first saddled up, he’d thought of this as his last patrol. What he hadn’t known was just how accurate that might turn out to be.

http://www.cjbox.net/books/nowhere-run

Number 10 in the series is up to par with all the others. Only two more books left. :(

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 30, 2012, 10:53:39 PM
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When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in-law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do - especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck. Whichever way this goes...it's not going to be good.

http://www.cjbox.net/books/cold-wind

The second last Joe Pickett book delivers the goods again. Only one more to go. :(

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on October 31, 2012, 07:33:01 AM
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I finished Frankenstein. I'd read it a long time ago, so this was my second time with the book--it was as uplifting as I'd remembered! ;)

Recommended if you haven't read it before. The creature is both very sympathetic and terrifying in the book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on November 03, 2012, 08:03:21 PM
I finished Frankenstein. I'd read it a long time ago, so this was my second time with the book--it was as uplifting as I'd remembered! ;)

Recommended if you haven't read it before. The creature is both very sympathetic and terrifying in the book.

I'll agree about the creature.  It's the creator that I had little use for.  He was so irresponsible, like some parents I've encountered over the years.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on November 03, 2012, 08:13:23 PM
I'll agree about the creature.  It's the creator that I had little use for.  He was so irresponsible, like some parents I've encountered over the years.
Yeah, Victor certainly seems to go from one extreme to another! He's so obsessed with his quest and then rejects him as soon as he sees him live.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on November 03, 2012, 08:40:35 PM
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Starting a week ago Thursday and finishing tonight, I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.  This reading spree started when I borrowed the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from the library.  The librarian helpfully informed me that the movie was dubbed.  (I had read the back of the DVD case.)  Much to my surprise, I found myself drawn into the story.  I promptly checked out the first book and put the rest on hold.

I'm not much good at expressing what made the books and their characters real to me, but I was half way through the third book when I realized how well I could identify with Lisbeth Salander.  In the beginning, I could only see how completely opposite I am to her character in every possible way.  Then I caught a glimpse of myself alone.  As a child from a happy and well-adjusted home, I seemed to myself to walk through life alone.  Sometimes that sense still comes back to haunt me at odd moments.  Despite that moment of self-awareness that hit me while reading, I thoroughly enjoyed all three books.  There are moments when the story slows, or gets temporarily side-tracked, but I still found them compelling and had difficulty putting them down to get something else done.  :)  I found the ending of the last book to be sufficiently satisfactory that I'm glad that was the end of the series.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 03, 2012, 10:31:05 PM
Nice review, and I think you have caught very well why so many readers could identify with Lisbeth, though her life and experiences are so very different from their own.

I read the three of them in Swedish—it took me a little longer than the ten days it took you—and I agree that they are real "page turners." They got me back to really spending a lot of time reading again, after several years of mostly hanging out on the Internet by way of leisure time diversion.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on November 04, 2012, 06:33:06 PM
I read the three of them in Swedish

Really  :o  8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 05, 2012, 02:59:07 PM
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Joe Pickett never wanted to know about it, but Nate Romanowski always knew trouble was coming out of his past. Now it's here, and it may not only be the battle of his life -- but of Joe's.
 
In 1995, Nate was in a secret Special Forces unit abroad when a colleague did something terrible. Now high up in the government, the man is determined to eliminate anyone who knows about it, and Nate knows exactly how he'll do it-by striking at Nate's friends to draw him out. The entire Pickett family will be a target, and the only way to fight back is outside the law. Nate knows he can do it, but he isn't sure about his straight-arrow friend-and all their lives could depend on it.

http://www.cjbox.net/books/force-nature


The final Joe Pickett novel. Until the next one is written that is. Hopefully sometime next year, we'll see the next installment.

Again, another good read. It's just been a pleasure to read these books in order and watch the characters grow and develop with each book. The eldest daughter was only 7 or 8 in the first book but now is 19 and at college.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on November 05, 2012, 03:30:40 PM
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(not the cover of the book that I read)

I do like to read these old Fleming novels...even though this one was a bit racist  :(

Now reading

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The Affair
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 26, 2012, 10:45:29 PM
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Fascinating story of women prisoners in England, most on death row who had their sententences communted to penal transportation to Australia by King George III in 1789. 200+ women crammed onto the Lady Juliana for a voyage that even if you were lucky to survive the 11 month boat ride, life in a new penal colony that itself was struggling to survive would be even tougher.

This was a little drawn out but I think it was mainly because the author covered everything. The women's crimes took up the first 100 pages, the voyage, the next 100 and the final thirty pages on how they survived once in Sydney cove.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 27, 2012, 03:36:35 AM
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Written by the author of the DCI Banks books. The Banks stories are also a TV series. This book is different from his usual style. It was recommended to me by a friend who enjoyed it because it is set in the area where we live. Richmond North Yorkshire is mentioned often. I have read nearly all the Peter Robinson books but I think this one goes in at #1. Perhaps because I can "see" the places he is writing about so it makes the story more real.

Edit.

The picture seemed to have wondered off the post so I am posting it again.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 03, 2012, 11:09:18 AM
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The Good, The Bad and the Multiplex.. whats wrong with modern movies by Mark Kermode

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Mark Kermode is a highly respected UK film critic.. I took this book away with me this weekend and finished the whole thing before touching back down in London 2 days later ..

Kermode enjoys exploding movie and movie making myths.. A long time critic of 3d he argues it is something imposed on the public rather than demanded of it.. its technical and artistic shortcomings are ably exposed.. Its a con. 

Other chapters are headed.. "What are film critics for ?"  where despite a total critical mauling across the world Sex and the City 2 still went on to make a fortune..

"Why Blockbusters Should Be Better"  "Pointless remakes of foreign language films" "Micheal Bay"
He's also very good at the lost pleasures of movie going, lambasting the soulessness of the robotised, digitaly projected multiplex experience.. Where we the customer spend a small fortune watching expensivly made bad films in over priced fast food joints..
One of my fave quotes in the book.. "We've turned our living rooms into cinemas and our cinemas into Living rooms" Too true..

A very good and often very funny read... recommended
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 03, 2012, 03:53:28 PM
Sounds like a good buy Gant. Will look out for it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 03, 2012, 04:11:24 PM
I did enjoy it Lin... stick it on your Christmas list...  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on December 03, 2012, 07:29:22 PM
Any mention of Clint's films?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 04, 2012, 12:39:22 PM
Only briefly with  Revenge of the Creature... its mainly a rant against rubbish films, 3d gi micks and modern cinemas. ... No place for Clint here :)
I listen to Marks film review show every week... He rated Cuve, said it was good old fashioned solid moviemaking with great performances and was moved by it....
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 14, 2012, 01:46:14 AM
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This was a complete departure from what I've been reading lately. It really makes you think about life and why God doesn't stop bad things happening in this world.

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The Shack is a Christian novel by Canadian author William P. Young, a former office manager and hotel night clerk, published in 2007.[1] The novel was self-published but became a USA Today bestseller, having sold 1 million copies as of June 8, 2008.[2] It was the #1 paperback trade fiction seller on the New York Times best sellers list from June 2008 to early 2010,[3] in a publishing partnership with Hachette Book Group USA's FaithWords imprint (Hodder & Stoughton in the UK). In 2009 it was awarded the "Diamond Award" for sales over 10 million copies by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.[4]
 
The title of the book is a metaphor for “the house you build out of your own pain”, as Young explained in a telephone interview.[5] He also states to radio host talk show Drew Marshall that The Shack "is a metaphor for the places you get stuck, you get hurt, you get damaged...the thing where shame or hurt is centered."[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shack

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 23, 2012, 12:58:21 PM
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Just couldn't get into this. I finished it as I always do no matter how much I'm not enjoying a book but I didn't find any of it interesting. Some days I'd start a chapter and I'd be hard pressed to remember what happened in the last chapter.

1/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on December 23, 2012, 02:02:54 PM
I'd thought at some point I might try The Hobbit, but it sounds like I might not get through it either. Tolkien was an incredibly intelligent man, but I've never personally appreciated his sense of pacing in what little bit of his work I've read (I've only read part of Fellowship of the Ring). But yet I do know people who really, really love his work. Go figure. :idiot2:  (I'm kidding with that smiley, of course! :2funny:)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 23, 2012, 02:17:53 PM
In the 2012 Movie Discussion thread I was critical of the film makers making three films from a 310 page book. I'll revise that. It's only 280 pages. The last thirty are the first chapter of The Fellowship Of The Ring.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 23, 2012, 03:45:12 PM
I didn't like The Hobbit and couldn't read it all. I didn't like the Lord of the Rings either, but my Dad loved them and tried a few times to get me to read the books.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 10, 2013, 07:49:29 PM
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From the big bang theory (not the TV show) to chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and physics. This book covers it all. I found it interesting but after a while I was having flashbacks to high school with a lot of it.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: honkytonk man on February 11, 2013, 08:21:13 AM
Things The Grandchildren Should Know - Mark Oliver Everett

An account of the life and times of E, the creative force behind the band Eels.

A great read and insight into one of the most honest songwriters the world has seen and how he coped with whatever this cruel world threw at him.

If you ever need your flagging spirits jilted up a litle bit, give it a read.

Only book i've ever read in one sititng.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on February 11, 2013, 09:45:02 AM
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I love history, especially when seen through the stories of individuals, so when I came across The Men That God Forgot by Richard Butler at a book sale, I thought I'd expand my knowledge.  Reading the story was a bittersweet experience as the subject matter was rather brutal and dismal.  However, there are moments of humor that kept me going and a couple of love stories to balance the horrible aspects.  Of course, they add to the tragedy that is the end of the story.  The whole story made me ponder what I would be willing to undergo to obtain freedom if I didn't have it, or keep it once I'd regained it.  I didn't really understand the choice of a title until I'd read the entire book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on February 11, 2013, 09:51:46 PM
^ For those whose interest is whetted by the above, here's a brief review (contains spoilers):

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In 1833 the hellhole Sarah Island penal settlement on the jungle-dense southwest coast of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) was finally judged to be too barbarous even for the soldiers guarding the prisoners, and was ordered closed. The last group of ten prisoners to leave overpowered their captors and left them behind while commandeering a frigate and sailing for liberty in Chile. Hard weather sank their ship but make port they did in Valdivia. First thrown in prison, they were released to become shipwrights and then settled down to the heavenly delights of Spanish culture and family life. Nonetheless, the British navy sought them out and all died or were shipped to the even more horrible penal settlement of Norfolk gland in the mid-Pacific. Butler tells his minor tale swiftly and colorfully, with adequate characterizations; it is fictionalized nonfiction, rather four-square and without the sweep of the great mutiny and escape novels.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/richard-butler-6/the-men-that-god-forgot/
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 28, 2013, 06:43:56 PM
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OK, I'll be honest. I didn't read much of this book. I started to but it was written in a way that went way over my head. Sort of textbook style I suppose you could call it because it wasn't fun, it was like something from a film course. Even the chapter on Unforgiven didn't do it for me.

1/5.  :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on April 28, 2013, 06:55:01 PM
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Recently finished Placebo by Steven James. I enjoyed it a lot--James is a Christian author who tends to write thriller/suspense books that can be pretty dark. This was my first book of his I've read but it won't be the last. O0 Placebo is the first book in a new series of novels--his other novels center around an FBI agent.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 28, 2013, 07:34:49 PM
They sound like my cup of tea. Thanks for the heads up, Christopher. 8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: TWOMULES on April 28, 2013, 07:38:36 PM
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OK, I'll be honest. I didn't read much of this book. I started to but it was written in a way that went way over my head. Sort of textbook style I suppose you could call it because it wasn't fun, it was like something from a film course. Even the chapter on Unforgiven didn't do it for me.

1/5.  :(

Sk, I did read a review on this some time ago which said, " the genre tends to be a background to the articles rather than their central subject matter: they tend to be essays about Westerns rather than the Western" :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 28, 2013, 07:41:46 PM
Sk, I did read a review on this some time ago which said, " the genre tends to be a background to the articles rather than their central subject matter: they tend to be essays about Westerns rather than the Western" :(

Thanks 2M. Thankfully it only cost a couple of dollars at one of the book stalls at a local Fete (Fair).
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on April 29, 2013, 10:02:46 AM
The last book I read was "Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care"  by T.R. Reid. The book was fantastic. Healthcare reform is one of my primary areas of interest, so I really enjoyed Reid's comparative analysis, and the breadth of coverage of material. Basically, the book is not only about how the United States healthcare system operates, but how others across the world do as well. As a measure of comparison, TR Reid goes to many of the countries that have universal healthcare (Taiwan, Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan, etc), and uses his shoulder problem and the treatments offered to him to compare our system to those around the world. One of the things that I found so interesting about our system is that American doctors recommended the most expensive option, and the most debilitating option, surgery, at a much higher rate than the doctors around the world. In most other systems, surgery was discussed as an option, and Reid was told that the system would pay for him to have the surgery if he wanted it. But the doctors of virtually every other country he visited told him that there were other treatments available that would likely be better for him, and that there were both less expensive options and less debilitating options that in his particular case would be better. They all said that in his case, surgery was not recommended. This was the exact opposite of what his doctors in the United States said. The reason this matters is obvious. We spend more than any other country in the world, yet our health outcomes are often not any better, and as the book points out, are often worse. If American doctors are routinely recommending more expensive options and more debilitating options when there are less expensive and less debilitating options available that are just as likely to benefit the patient, the implications for healthcare reform are numerous.

Reid does both a micro analysis of these systems, using his own particular case, and a macro-analysis of how each system operates. His book is a fascinating look at healthcare, and really helps to highlight what our system does well and what our system does poorly. It also really helps to illuminate some of the myths many Americans have about the healthcare systems of others. In particular he uses evidence to show that universal healthcare doesn't necessarily need to be socialized, and that even socialized systems have a lot more options and choice than many Americans believe that they do. The idea that universal healthcare systems are not all government run, and that they often have as much or more choice as what we have here in the states was illuminating to me. Whatever your view of healthcare reform, this really is a thought-provoking book that I would recommend highly to anyone who cares about the health and welfare of our citizens and who strives to understand how we can preserve what we do well and perfect what we do not. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on June 01, 2013, 09:47:48 AM
A book offered by my Friend Jacqueline for my 50th, a few days ago : my friend Lin. (with the  beautiful Rob Larson drawing) and Jacqueline exactly know what I like, and what I will cherish all my life long  ;) !
A good book concerning Clint Eastwood career ... as for the comments on his personnal life, I did not read them, as the affairs between people should only be discussed on a private level ... 

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 03, 2013, 03:33:38 AM
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An absolute delight. Film fans won't be disappointed with this. Follows Michael Caine's career right up to Harry Brown.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on June 25, 2013, 09:05:19 PM
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I started reading The Good, the Bad, and Me back in January, but somehow got lost reading about a dozen other books.  It wasn't for lack of interest, just the difference between owning the book and having to return the others to the library within a specified time.  I picked it up again a couple of days ago and had it finished in a trice.  Mr. Wallach sounds like he'd be a lot of fun to sit and listen to.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 10, 2013, 04:13:25 AM
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Very enjoyable and could come in handy on those trivia nights.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 21, 2013, 01:45:37 PM
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http://jonesbo.com/#!/books/batman

Great book,great writer.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 21, 2013, 05:46:29 PM
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http://jonesbo.com/#!/books/batman

Great book,great writer.

^ That was his first book.  I read it several months ago (in Norwegian), and I wasn't very impressed, but I'm willing to give him another try, since he seems to be so popular internationally. It seemed to me he was trying to do too much in one book. Also, I didn't like the way the most interesting character turned out to be the opposite of what you thought he was.

It does provide a couple of emphatic demonstrations of the Checkov's gun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chekhov%27s_gun) principle: If there's a guillotine established early on in a narrative, and that narrative is a crime story ... you can be pretty sure it's going to be a murder weapon before the story is done. And if your hero is established as a recovering alcoholic with extremely compelling reasons to regret his drunken past ... he'll fall of the wagon, spectacularly, before the last page is turned.

Also, some very nicely done Australian local color. I'd be curious to know what SK thinks of it.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 22, 2013, 11:14:06 AM
^ That was his first book.  I read it several months ago (in Norwegian), and I wasn't very impressed.

Opinions varies  ;)
It was a bit simple I guess and as a main character being an alcoholic detective is way too often used but still something in Nesbø`s writing worked for me.I´ve been hearing about him for ages now (my sister loves his books as did my father),he is huge in Finland.
As I liked The Bat,I already bought his next three"Harry Hole" books and I´m reading The Cockroaches at the moment...still I can`t wait to start the book after it which is going to be just translated Lee Child`s Wanted Man  8)

Btw KC,"in Norwegian",really??That`s cool  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 22, 2013, 11:49:29 AM
Yeah, I read the Swedes and Norwegians in the original. Not Finnish, though! 

I just picked up Nesbø's third Harry Hole book, Rødstrupe ... Since The Cockroaches is set in Thailand, I decided I'd skip over that one for the moment and go to the next one, which is set back in Norway. Norwegian books are expensive, even as e-books!

(http://magento.aschehoug.no/media/catalog/product/cache/2/cover/281x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/9/7/9788203193682_Nesbo_3.jpg)

A Wanted Man was great. I was a tad disappointed in Child's very latest, Never Go Back, which I just finished. It had a lot of enjoyable moments, though, and he does finally get to meet the woman he's been trying to catch up with through three books.

(http://www.leechild.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Never-Go-Back5.png)

http://www.leechild.com/books/never-go-back/
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 22, 2013, 04:22:03 PM
^Both Swedish and Norwegian ??? I can`t read or speak swedish even though it`s Finland`s second language and we`re tought in the school to speak swedish.So (even though this is going to be slightly off topic) what made you learn to read those particular languages,KC?

About Nesbø,as said I´ve mainly heard about his books and I´m only in the middle of his second but I´ve been told that they do get better book by book.
Also he made this non-Harry Hole book,Headhunters that was huge success in Scandinavia anyways and was also filmed  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1614989/?ref_=sr_1 If you`ve not seen it make an effort as it is really good one...have heard that there`s going to be an American remake soon  :-\

I´m a huge Lee Child fan and it`s killing me everytime to wait for next translated Reacher novel.Child`s book`s quality tends to vary for example I thought Bad Luck And Trouble was a bit naive and mediocre at the best but mainly his books,especially 61 hours and Worth Dying For has been great.

Still hate the fact that they choose Tom Cruise to play Reacher even though the film was quite decent.He is just wrong for the role.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 22, 2013, 07:10:22 PM
^Both Swedish and Norwegian ??? I can`t read or speak swedish even though it`s Finland`s second language and we`re tought in the school to speak swedish.So (even though this is going to be slightly off topic) what made you learn to read those particular languages,KC?

Just curiosity, I guess ... I knew German, so it wasn't that much of a stretch to pick up Swedish and Norwegian, which have vocabularies similar to German, with grammar that's a lot more like English. Anyway, I had never bothered with crime fiction before I learned Swedish, but there are so many good Swedish authors in the genre that now I hardly read anything else.

In Norwegian, besides Nesbø, I really only know one good crime-genre author, an old favorite, Gunnar Staalesen, whose hero is the hard-boiled Bergen private eye Varg Veum.

I'll keep Headhunters (Hodejegerne, in Norwegian) in mind!

Quote
Still hate the fact that they choose tom Cruise to play Reacher even though the film was quite decent.He is just wrong for the role.

I'm with you there. An OK film, entertaining enough and it did do fair justice to the original story. But Cruise isn't Jack Reacher. He just isn't.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 14, 2013, 09:26:28 AM
The Elvis Presley I Knew: Beyond the Headlines and Scandal to the Heart of the Superstar (2013)

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I would have been duty-bound if I had recognized Elvis' alleged drug abuse

First, when a friend made me aware of this book I laughed at the cover.  The story behind it is Elvis befriended some Denver policemen and attended a funeral of one of their brothers in 1976 and dressed in police uniform so as not to draw attention to himself.  I know a lot about Elvis' career and personal life, but up until now don't recall ever hearing the author's name.  So, I scoffed and discarded the idea of ever reading his book. 

Second, the author's quote reprinted above.  Upon first reading it my reaction was sure, point the finger away from you, like just about everybody else has done.  Unfortunately, blind fans tend to blame everyone but the one person responsible for Elvis' death... Elvis!  Still, I find it unnerving that family, friends and many others that had come to know Elvis either casually or personally feel the need to state & restate, "Hey, it wasn't my fault."  I'd have a lot more respect for those who would just admit to hanging around Elvis for a free meal ticket, enjoying all the fringe benefits and ignoring the fact that Elvis was dependent on prescribed medicine.  A lot of those around him became addicted themselves.  I suppose I shouldn't be so judgmental because there may very well be those that have admitted to this; just because I haven't heard or seen it, doesn't mean it hasn't happened.  It's just that I've seen most point the fingers away from themselves.  Again, it's primary Elvis' own fault and only secondary that those closest to him couldn't or wouldn't do more but I'm getting off topic....

I found Robert C. Cantwell's book an interesting read.  I did it in one sitting.  A friend loaned me the book yesterday and once the kids were asleep I began reading and didn't put it down until I was finished.  I kept Mr. Cantwell's quote in mind throughout, waiting to see if there was some indication of untruth to it.  There wasn't.  He did a good job in recounting all of his professional and personal meetings with Elvis.  Some of the items reproduced in the book could've been clearer, but that's the only minor drawback.  Well, besides the cover... I still don't like it!
 

(http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/uploads/2/book_the_elvis_presley_i_knew.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 14, 2013, 08:33:10 PM
What does that quote even mean? Is it even English? ???

You can be duty-bound TO do something, i.e. your (legal or moral) duty obliges you to do it. But you can't be duty-bound "if" anything.

If he's trying to say his duty obliged him TO DO something in regard to recognizing "Elvis' alleged drug abuse" ... just what would it be? To recognize it, that is acknowledge it, in print? And if it's only "alleged" ... how can one recognize, that is see/notice/understand it? Or does he mean his duty obliged him to recognize that others have alleged that Elvis abused drugs? Or that in his personal relationship with Elvis, his duty would have/could have/should have obliged him to recognize that Elvis did, in fact, abuse drugs, as others alleged (and do what in consequence)?

I feel quite dizzy. (And I really don't care what the answer is, so don't bother, Jed.)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 14, 2013, 08:36:32 PM
Yeah, I read the Swedes and Norwegians in the original. Not Finnish, though! 

I just picked up Nesbø's third Harry Hole book, Rødstrupe ... Since The Cockroaches is set in Thailand, I decided I'd skip over that one for the moment and go to the next one, which is set back in Norway. Norwegian books are expensive, even as e-books!

(http://magento.aschehoug.no/media/catalog/product/cache/2/cover/281x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/9/7/9788203193682_Nesbo_3.jpg)


I finished Rødstrupe a while back. I really liked it, much better than his first book. It was a very complex tale and he kept juggling all the various parts in a believable way, while keeping you guessing the answer to the mystery almost to the end.

I'd like to continue with the saga of Harry Hole, but Norwegian e-books are so expensive compared with Swedish! I think I'll stick to Svenska for a while.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 15, 2013, 09:48:47 AM
What does that quote even mean? Is it even English? ???

You can be duty-bound TO do something, i.e. your (legal or moral) duty obliges you to do it. But you can't be duty-bound "if" anything.

If he's trying to say his duty obliged him TO DO something in regard to recognizing "Elvis' alleged drug abuse" ... just what would it be? To recognize it, that is acknowledge it, in print? And if it's only "alleged" ... how can one recognize, that is see/notice/understand it? Or does he mean his duty obliged him to recognize that others have alleged that Elvis abused drugs? Or that in his personal relationship with Elvis, his duty would have/could have/should have obliged him to recognize that Elvis did, in fact, abuse drugs, as others alleged (and do what in consequence)?

I feel quite dizzy. (And I really don't care what the answer is, so don't bother, Jed.)

Others may, so here's my take on what's trying to be conveyed...

Basically, the author is saying (has said in his book) that he never witnessed Elvis abusing prescription drugs.  If he had, he would have been "duty bound" to act on it since he was an officer of the law.  As we all know, you can't believe everything you read in print so just because he states he was never witness to such abuse, doesn't necessarily mean it's true.  Either he truly never did and the quote reiterates that or he did and the quote is used to deceive and give the author a clear conscience.  After reading the book I couldn't give an honest opinion either way.  What I got from it was some interesting stories and rare photographs I'd never seen before. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 15, 2013, 09:01:15 PM
OK, so he left out two little words after "duty-bound" ... namely "to act."

I'm glad that's cleared up.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on November 17, 2013, 12:21:30 PM
I finished Rødstrupe a while back. I really liked it, much better than his first book. It was a very complex tale and he kept juggling all the various parts in a believable way, while keeping you guessing the answer to the mystery almost to the end.

I'd like to continue with the saga of Harry Hole, but Norwegian e-books are so expensive compared with Swedish! I think I'll stick to Svenska for a while.

Good to know about "Rödstrupe" as it`s going to be my next Nesbö/Hole novel.
I´ve been told that these Harry Hole-novels get better one after another.So I guess KC you can`t go wrong if you`ll keep readin them.

About Lee Child`s Wanted Man I think it started as good as usual but the ending was a bit too simple with Reacher just killing everybody in sight  ::) Still enjoyable to read and I´m looking forward to get my hands to next(translated) Child/Reacher book.

Now I´m about to start Kevin Wignall`s The Dark Flag as I liked very much his Who Is Conrad Hirst.

(http://arktinenbanaani.fi/image.php?id=9789525768725&size=noresize)

http://www.kevinwignall.com/#/dark-flag/4556392369
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 15, 2013, 11:51:12 AM
(http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2013/07/15/1226679/705153-amen-cover.jpg)

This was a great read. Not just about Adam Scott but Jason Day and Marc Leishman's quest to be the first Australian to win the Masters. All three were in contention this year but it was Scott who would go down in the history books as the very first Aussie to don the green jacket.

Goes into detail about all three players, not just over the four days of the tournament but they're whole golfing life. I found it so easy to read.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 02, 2014, 01:42:57 PM
One Man Tango by Anthony Quinn with Daniel Paisner, 1994.  My dad loaned me this book and truth be told, didn't think I'd even bother.  Once I started, I quickly became addicted.  Very interesting and enjoyable.

(http://bks0.books.google.com/books?id=MnVZAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&imgtk=AFLRE72v3ovJ632j99sfZXzKProghJqOJzha2r82DPc9lTjCAjeC285yjCbeE6KD5O7IEiWvW_3zNt7bhJbxRciCP61dvPyauHqpjJcls0605GtjWk-h_rS1X-RQ7-hvColE6Sdx0zCM)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Richard Earl on January 02, 2014, 03:32:01 PM
Eyewitness - Don Reid(1973)

Don Reid was a journalist that watched 189 men die in the electric chair in the Huntsville Texas Penitentiary. This book is not an easy read due to subject nature but is is good so far.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 07, 2014, 08:49:41 PM
(https://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/7105297-M.jpg)

I finished this a couple of weeks ago. It's the follow up to Betty Mahmoody's book, Not Without My Daughter. You may remember the movie with Sally Field that was made based on it. This was a tough read. It went into such detail about other women in the States that have had the same troubles when their husbands decide to return to their homeland for a so called vacation, only to tell their wives that after the two weeks he's not leaving and the children are staying too.

This took ages to read, somedays it felt like I read 30 pages but it was only about half a dozen. It kept me interested but not something I'd read again.

3/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 13, 2014, 09:55:40 PM
(http://bks7.books.google.com.au/books?id=jB8VngEACAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&imgtk=AFLRE72vWp0O2mFVxeSp_YDqgAnhKZaX7muf_fV7A8tC8gf4CNkjpu6UnN41I6pIXG5tvs6a05aFz4HtWCqd6oZPLSY89jEyS_ZFrGbQ7w4qKpJO1rImPMRAQhgi7UPiVIjD0sjKWj2V)

The 13th Joe Pickett book. Unfortunately, this was probably my least favorite so far. So disappointing.

2/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on March 16, 2014, 08:06:41 AM
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/14/article-2324429-19C697F8000005DC-607_233x423.jpg)

Quite entertaining  O0

...and before that I read Nesbö`s Rødstrupe which was really good too.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 23, 2014, 03:53:36 PM
(https://www.otimages.com/Bookcover/9371/9780767919371.jpg)

I highly recommend this one. One of the funniest books I've read in years. If you grew up in the USA in the 1950's, you'll love it. If you didn't, you'll still love it.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Man With No Aim on March 24, 2014, 12:58:55 AM
Recently read The Art Of Racing In The Rain, author Garth Stein.

It is a unique novel, written from the perspective of a dog owned by a professional racing driver. Animal lovers will really enjoy it, I believe.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 28, 2014, 04:23:30 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51dFtL5gDKL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

The President and the Provocatuer by Alex Cox..

I've only ever been vaguely aware of the conspiricy theory's behind Presedent Kennedy's assasignation..
So I found this a very enjoyable and interesting read... Cox has spent almost a lifetime studying all the information available and reading all the books and transcripts..and then takes a detailed look at both Kennedy's and Oswalds lives, sticking to the facts, exposing the lies and faked photographs..
The book is lean, full of clarity and insight.. no wild claims or fantasy.. just the facts.. I really enjoyed it..
Cox maybe known to some of you as the director of Repo Man amongst other films..


Anyone else here interested in this subject.. ?

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 28, 2014, 05:18:38 AM
Gant, I am interested in the JFK discussions and will certainly look for the book.  Thank you for posting about it.  From you picture it must be from Amazon. Off to look for it now.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 28, 2014, 06:58:28 AM
Hi Lin.. Yeah, I got it from Amazon, tho with a different cover...
I thought it was really well written and researched.. No wild flights of fancy... just the facts..
I'd be very interested what you make of it..

I could say more but dont wanna spoil the read...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on March 28, 2014, 11:04:43 AM
I could say more but dont wanna spoil the read...

I heard they both died in the end. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 28, 2014, 11:29:46 AM
I heard they both died in the end. ;)

 :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 28, 2014, 11:59:23 AM
Awwww KC.... you've given the end away....
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 28, 2014, 12:20:01 PM
Actually, something else I got from the book was a much better understanding of Kennedy's presidency... the decisions he made, some good, some bad.... 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 29, 2014, 03:57:50 AM
I have ordered it from Amazon. Will tell you what I think.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 30, 2014, 10:32:12 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n66/n333634.jpg)

This was a delight. A Jewish German couple flee Germany before WW2 and settle in England after the war. Jack is determined to fit in and become all things English. One problem though is no golf club will permit him to become a member.

So he decides to buy some land and build his own course and have the great Bobby Jones play in the inaugural match to celebrate the coronation of queen Elizabeth II.

There's more to this book than just about a guy building a golf course though. The struggles of trying to assimilate, prejudices and family growing apart.

I recommend it.

5/5.

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Sylvie on May 12, 2014, 06:15:29 AM
"The Secret History" (Le Maître des Illusions) by Donna Tartt.

A masterpiece, a book that I love, I always take it with me in my luggage when I am on holidays.

After that one, she wrote "The Little Friend" (Le Petit Copain), really good as well.

I will buy her last one "The Goldfinch" (Le Chardonneret) next Wednesday .
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 12, 2014, 07:58:12 AM
Hi Lin.. Yeah, I got it from Amazon, tho with a different cover...
I thought it was really well written and researched.. No wild flights of fancy... just the facts..
I'd be very interested what you make of it..

I could say more but dont wanna spoil the read...

Well I read it and do agree with you that you discovered more about JFK and his political life.  It didn't make me want to keep on reading. I did have to make myself finish it. Possibly that is because it was not quite what I expected, although I don't know what I expected. However now that I have read it I'd say it was interesting and enlightening.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Man With No Aim on May 13, 2014, 02:25:57 AM
Grapes Of Wrath.  John Steinbeck

First read it decades ago and marvelled at Steinbecks writing ability. Found it in a Cheap Store for $1.98 and read the first few chapters. 

Again marvelled at Steinbeck writing ability. Again became so depressed by the terrible predicament of innocent people trapped by financial circumstances completely beyond their own control.

Every human should read Grapes Of Wrath carefully and thoughtfully.

It might be found in your local lending library.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Phantomstranger on May 14, 2014, 04:56:25 PM
The Outlaws Of Mesquite
by
Louis L'amour
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on May 27, 2014, 09:06:37 PM
(http://s.cdon.com/media-dynamic/images/product/00/09/36/29/70/3/nesbo-jo-suruton.jpg)

Nemesis.Another great book by Nesbö.Still got six Harry Hole books to go  O0

Now starting

(http://verkkokauppa.teos.fi/WebRoot/KT/Shops/Teos/5149/EB78/A615/8591/2B89/0A28/103A/EC05/9789518515466_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on May 27, 2014, 10:46:22 PM
^ That's quite a combination! ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 28, 2014, 01:55:07 AM
I love the books by P G Wodehouse.  I also enjoy the radio programmes with Jeeves. It is a while since I read one of them. must get them out again and re-read a few.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on May 28, 2014, 02:49:38 AM
Me too.... I'd like to go back and re-read some Wodehouse :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on May 28, 2014, 03:56:00 AM
Solo by William Boyd



(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cQGeEC0PL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX342_SY445_CR,0,0,342,445_SH20_OU02_.jpg)

I really enjoyed this.. James Bond back where he belongs... in the 1960's
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on May 28, 2014, 11:35:04 AM
^ That's quite a combination! ;D

 ;D Well I do like to change the type of books that I read.Forexample the one I read before Nesbö`s Nemesis was Rod Stewart`s biography and the next one after this Wodehouse`s Jeeves-book will be (most likely) Lee Child`s Never Go Back which will finally be at the bookstores in Finland next month  O0

Anyways Wodehouse`s books are feel good books for me.It`s good to have few laughs between Nesbö`s grim murder and Child`s manly action tales  ;)

...and you can`t  go wrong with Wodehouse!

Btw really intrested to get a copy of that Boyd`s Bond book,"Solo".As I´m a fan of Boyd and even more so fan of James Bond.Should be good read  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on May 29, 2014, 01:21:20 AM
The Bond book is a great read..he really nailed it... It's the first book I've read by Boyd....
Hemlock.. What do you recommend I read of his..?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on May 30, 2014, 06:24:44 PM
I've read a few books recently.

"David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants" by Malcolm Gladwell, "Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success" by Adam Grant, and "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" by Jeffrey Toobin. All are highly recommended, interesting, and thought-provoking books. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 29, 2014, 08:56:00 AM
Gant,from Willam Boyd I can recommend A Good Man in Africa and An Ice-Cream War.Have read couple of other books by Boyd also but still it`s those two that I really liked (and sorry my belated answer  :-[ )

My last was

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d4/Never_go_back_by_lee_child.png/220px-Never_go_back_by_lee_child.png)

and which was higly dissappointing.One of the weakest book in Jack Reacher-series ...and Tom Cruise & co are making their next Reacher-film of it :(
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 29, 2014, 07:38:44 PM
I agree with you that Never Go Back was one of the weaker Reachers. For one thing, it seemed like he didn't have to do anything ... other people with computers were solving all the problems for him.

It was nice to see him finally get together with that gal he'd been hankering after ever since he heard her voice on the phone about three books previously.  ^-^
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 01, 2014, 10:46:39 PM
Thanks Hemlock.... I'm gonna give them a go....
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on October 04, 2014, 09:14:05 PM
KC,I noticed the same thing on Never Go Back everybody else was doing the work for him... and Reacher was even more so superior to villains,police etc and it is slightly getting stale.He is starting to be almost like some sort of superhero/robot that just can`t fail.However I do like this"clock in his head" and how he sets it by only thinking about it.That`s just hilarious  :)

Still not going to give up now with the series as there has been weaker books before but there`s also really good ones more often...still I don`t get it why the hell they`re making next film out of this particular book?

Gant,hope you like those Boyd books  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on October 04, 2014, 11:13:27 PM
Personal, the newest Reacher is back on track (I thought, anyway) with some exotic settings and a couple of really nasty villains—one of whom is big enough to dwarf even Reacher. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on October 05, 2014, 10:59:22 AM
^ that`s good to know,KC O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Phantomstranger on October 28, 2014, 11:04:14 PM
Star Trek: No Time Like The Past
By
Greg Cox
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 29, 2014, 01:53:41 PM
Star Trek: No Time Like The Past
By
Greg Cox

How was it?  I received a free copy when I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  They were giving them out at the register.  I used to read classic Trek novels a lot years ago, but not anymore.  Many were very good, too.  I like the cover image, which is this sans text:

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.607988574259645078&pid=15.1&P=0)

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Phantomstranger on October 29, 2014, 10:06:02 PM
So far it's a pretty good book. It "feels" like a Star Trek episode.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 30, 2014, 05:48:50 AM
So far it's a pretty good book. It "feels" like a Star Trek episode.

Cool.  That's how a lot of the ones I read were.  I'm looking forward to reading this one even more now.  Thanks, Phantomstranger.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on November 15, 2014, 05:42:49 PM
(http://www.kirjasampo.fi/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/kulsa_cache/images/media.onki.fi/3/8/4/saha/kirjasampo/0_-6405602058827775428.jpg?itok=pgFdG9vv)

Diamonds Are Forever  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Phantomstranger on December 02, 2014, 10:58:40 PM
Blood Rites: A Dresden Files Novel
By
Jim Butcher
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 04, 2014, 12:55:09 PM
Concretopia by John Grindrod.. A bit of a heavy read ;)


(https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTqFKNY7Kx9QVy1f-8pwAvkE6pF3zxKCw7-0hr07WWvO-Uhz-xb)

One of my fave building materials..
"Tower Blocks, Flyovers, Streets in the sky.
Once, this was the future"

A powerful history of postwar Britain... Like eavesdropping on a conversation between J.G Ballard and Johnathan Meades...

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The Pike by Lucy Hughsp-Hallett

My fave read of the summer.. A biography of Gabriele D' Annunzio.. Italian playwright and poet. A brilliant, deplorable,  ludicrous, tragic, irresistable character... One of the best bios Ive ever read

The Buddah of Suberbia by Hanif Kureishi

(https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSKE1UXTyRdrG10i3LbAG7wbS1jAdWc1tAIfyWI8thMRV--FQOg)

An old fave that I hadn't read since my student days... good to get reaquainted with..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Elizabeth77 on January 01, 2015, 08:22:37 AM
I've read a few books over the past couple of months while sitting in my Lazy-Boy recliner between chemo doses.

(http://www.ianmackersey.com/images/noemptychairsCover.jpg)

No Empty Chairs: The Short and Heroic Lives of the Young Aviators Who Fought and Died in the First World War by Ian MacKersey

An excellent book that combines the larger history with the more intimate stories of individual pilots.  His use of letters and diaries brings them to life.  The author gives both the good and bad about the men he writes about, which I find refreshing.  Some day I'll get myself a copy of the book.

Aviation has always been of great interest to me, but my interest in the aviators of World War I started with a book report I wrote for a high school history class.  That interest resurfaced recently, but I'm still in the midst of the other books on the topic.


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Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care" by Lee Server

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this after watching as many Robert Mitchum films as I could find.  I was delighted to see that Mr. Server showed a much better acquaintance with the actual content of the films, than the writers of a John Wayne biography that I read several years ago showed with his filmography.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Man With No Aim on February 12, 2015, 01:10:53 AM
Of Mice And Men

John Steinbeck


What an exhibition of writing ability! I read a few Steinbeck books many years ago today, but not this one, and had completely forgotten just how good he was. An amazing experience. I highly recommend it.


Manwith

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Man With No Aim on February 14, 2015, 03:39:28 AM
The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald




A great  exhibition of writing ability! I never read a Fitzgerald book before and have always wondered what the fuss was all about. An amazing experience. I highly recommend it.


Manwith
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on March 04, 2015, 10:09:07 AM
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First one is Moonraker and latter Son

All quite good read  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Man With No Aim on March 29, 2015, 11:36:04 PM
Garden Of Eden  by Earnest Hemingway.

His last book, published after his death, written across 15 years of his life.

A writing tour de force. Or however it is spelled. It is amazing on several levels.

Some speculated that he croaked himself because he had lost faith in his ability to write. After you read this, his last completed book, you cannot possibly believe that. However, after you have carefully read the entirety of this book, you may understand why he did it.

He had fully immersed himself in his imagination of a youth he no longer possessed. And, as every old man knows, he cannot regain. And he could not tolerate living any longer being unable to be the strong young man he once had been.

How do I know this? Because I am no longer the strong young man I once used to be.

Read it, you strong young men, who are going to be young and strong forever...


Manwith     
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on April 08, 2015, 01:41:31 PM
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I,The Jury  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 11, 2015, 10:09:59 AM
Keith Richards - Life (2011)

A friend loaned this to me what seems like eons ago.  This is the longest I've ever taken to read a book.  Talk about getting sidetracked!  I've read The Green Mile, Hannibal and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr's biography on Robert F. Kennedy among others so reading large-volume books is nothing new to me. 

When I began, I found it good enough to continue but there were times where I wouldn't return to reading for weeks and months.  I'm glad I made it a point to finish because ultimately, I did find this to be and enjoyable.  It was interesting to read about one of the world's most popular and successful rock bands from Mr. Richard's point of view.   

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.WD6rkN5IsZp6MkL6HEKPjA&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on July 10, 2015, 11:13:57 AM
^ that is an awesome biography.Loved it  O0

Now I´m in the middle of this:

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Sadly not as good as Ellroy`s earlier books.Still not bad either.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: antonis on September 14, 2015, 11:21:49 AM
Just ordered

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Has anybody read it ?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 14, 2015, 11:35:29 AM
^ nope...but sure would love to  ;)

My last

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Personal

Much better than the one before this,Never Go Back.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 10, 2015, 12:29:31 PM
I returned this to the library after reading through about a third of it but I am going to request it back and finish it.  I came across a biography on Sam Phillips that I'm interested in but decided to finish this first after all.   

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on November 15, 2015, 12:16:59 PM
Picked up a first edition of The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Travis... Very enjoyable, good movie too
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 24, 2016, 11:12:15 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9b/Jane_Eyre_title_page.jpg/220px-Jane_Eyre_title_page.jpg)

This is my wife's favourite book. I decided to give it a go while we away camping last week and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. Usually I can only read about a dozen pages at the most before I fall asleep or my attention span wans but I was ploughing through 60-70 pages at a time.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 24, 2016, 11:35:40 PM
It is a GREAT book. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it, SK!

(By the way, just in case anyone out there is completely unaware of "Jane Eyre" ... it is not "an autobiography," it is a novel, and "Currer Bell" is not the editor but the author, and "he" is actually Charlotte Brontë, who chose a "gender-neutral" pseudonym matching her initials because women were disrespected as authors (or just about anything else) in those days.

SK has illustrated his post with the title page of the first edition, which is probably worth a fortune ... I assume you actually had something of a bit more recent vintage with you out in the bush, SK! :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 24, 2016, 11:40:11 PM
SK has illustrated his post with the title page of the first edition, which is probably worth a fortune ... I assume you actually had something of a bit more recent vintage with you out in the bush, SK! :D

Yeah, I just went to Wikipedia for a pic and it was that and I was too lazy to search for another pic.

My edition was a Penguin Classic.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Matt on January 24, 2016, 11:46:59 PM
I have a really beautiful 2nd edition of A Tale of Two Cities that someone found for me, and another someone gave me. It's my only special book.

I haven't read it because I'm afraid of hurting it. It smells beautiful, and feels amazing. I'm just afraid a page will break off of it. I read my ugly Penguin edition when I want to read parts of it (or the whole thing).  Which is a shame. It's just so special.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on January 25, 2016, 06:45:28 AM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9b/Jane_Eyre_title_page.jpg/220px-Jane_Eyre_title_page.jpg)

This is my wife's favourite book. I decided to give it a go while we away camping last week and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. Usually I can only read about a dozen pages at the most before I fall asleep or my attention span wans but I was ploughing through 60-70 pages at a time.

4/5.
I read Jane Eyre a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot too! I got into a discussion with two girl friends, one preferred Jane Eyre, and the other preferred Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. So I said I'd read both and determine who was right (because my opinion would be right, of course :D ;D ;) ). I liked both, but did like Jane Eyre better.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 25, 2016, 07:55:42 AM
They're very different books ... it's apples and oranges. But both are great!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 30, 2016, 03:59:53 AM
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Jazz Cleopatra by Phyllis Rose

The life and carear of Josephine Baker.

Josephine Baker was a black singer and dancer who came to work in Paris in the early 20's and had pretty much the same impact on Europe as Elvis Presley some 30 years later..
The author has done this great artist proud and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish..
Fasinating look at Ms Baker and the times she lived in..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 30, 2016, 04:00:25 PM
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Both pretty mediocre stuff.Was even a bit disappointed with Jo Nesbø`s Blood On The Snow (not a "Harry Hole" book).

Now reading Nesbø `s The Redeemer and it`s as great as rest of the "Harry Hole"-books have been...so far anyway  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on January 30, 2016, 07:00:23 PM
I binge-read the whole Harry Hole series last summer ... they were cumulatively terrific. I recall thinking The Redeemer was one of the best.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on January 30, 2016, 10:08:02 PM
^ hard to say if it`s better than those that I´ve already read but so far I`ve liked it a lot  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 09, 2016, 04:55:18 AM
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Black Boy
  by Richard Wright.. 1946

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Having recently read Richard Wrights Native Son I thought Id give this a whirl..
Its a memoir of the authors childhood and young adulthood in Chicago

Powerful reading..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 10, 2016, 12:58:41 PM
Not bad.  Upon first hearing about this, I was "understandably curious" but then forgot about it until I'd come across it in Barnes & Noble.  After quickly perusing it, decided to borrow a copy from a local library.  I enjoyed it.  A quick read, something I could’ve read in a 24 hour period had I the time.  I noticed the events from the fifth Star Trek movie, The Final Frontier, were all but left out.  The journey to the center of the galaxy in search of God was alluded to, but the reader was informed it never happened.  Kind of funny but as all of the events in the other five films were discussed, I wish the fifth wasn't left out.  Despite that, it was an entertaining and interesting read.

(http://trekcore.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/auto-kirk-cover.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on March 10, 2016, 08:11:41 PM
^ How was it cataloged by your local library? Did they have "Kirk, James T." as author? Did they give his birthdate and death date?

My library has "Kirk, James T., 2233-2371, author." Which I think is very odd.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on March 10, 2016, 08:40:11 PM
^ How was it cataloged by your local library? Did they have "Kirk, James T." as author? Did they give his birthdate and death date?

My library has "Kirk, James T., 2233-2371, author." Which I think is very odd.
Haha That's strange! :D I looked the book up on Amazon to see who the writer actually is. It sounds like an interesting book at any rate.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 11, 2016, 07:45:10 AM
^ How was it cataloged by your local library? Did they have "Kirk, James T." as author? Did they give his birthdate and death date?

My library has "Kirk, James T., 2233-2371, author." Which I think is very odd.

The author is David A. Goodman.  Why he wouldn't be listed as the author in your library is very weird.  I can't recall but am pretty sure the birthdate was provided at the beginning.  I believe the date he "died" on the Enterprise B was provided as well, but for those in the know he wound up in the Nexus, only the perish later after helping Picard save Veridian III (as seen in 1994's Star Trek: Generations).

I enjoyed reading about the origins of events heard about or mentioned during the original series, as well as the events that took place through the movie series.  I'm still confused as to why the events in The Final Frontier were omitted and would like to discover why.  Still, it was a very quick read and entertaining.  I'm now on Shatner's tribute to Nimoy, "Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man".  After that it's off of Trek related books and on to Moby Dick.  Although...that in of itself is the theme for the best Trek films, The Wrath Of Khan and First Contact.   ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on March 11, 2016, 04:04:00 PM
I think someone in KC's library has a sense of humor.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on March 11, 2016, 08:27:24 PM
It's actually the new cataloging rules. Imaginary people are as good as any other kind of people.  :crazy2:

It's cataloged that way in WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/898228467), so it's how most libraries (in the U.S. and elsewhere) are going to catalog this invaluable document.

This is the "authority record" for James T. Kirk, from the Library of Congress:

(http://i.imgur.com/Qt7ePHs.jpg) (https://lccn.loc.gov/no2015052055)

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on March 16, 2016, 12:02:05 PM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 29, 2016, 07:12:59 AM
Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man

An interesting and touching journey through the decades.  Among others thanked, it was interesting to see George Takei listed.  I wonder if their silly feud is over.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 01, 2016, 06:59:50 PM
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This was an enjoyable read. Written in 2002 and it's a autobiography of Michael J Fox. From growing up in Canada, hitting the big time in Hollywood and being struck down with Parkinson's disease at such an early age.

4/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on May 04, 2016, 09:09:56 PM
Now reading

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Make Me.Much better than Child`s last two books.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on May 15, 2016, 07:44:37 AM
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The First Bohemians
by Vic Gatrel

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A colourful, salacious history of Covent Garden, the creative heart of Georgian London..

Great read about one of my favourite periods in London history..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 23, 2016, 12:42:38 AM
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This was fantastic. I've only seen the film once about 20 years ago so I couldn't remember much about the story. I started reading this towards the end of April and I joked with Christopher that I might finish it before Xmas. At 1000 pages, it is a long long story. I read about 500 pages on the two week vacation I had in May and I had slackened off in the last few weeks but it didn't take me as long as I thought it would.

Even with the end of the civil war at around page 300, I was thinking what is going to take place for the next 700 pages. So so much. I'm definitely going out to buy the DVD of this soon and watch it again. Has there ever been a more despicable selfish character in literature as Scarlett O'Hara?

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Shannonsmith1993 on July 23, 2016, 05:59:38 AM
Ready Player One.. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ready_Player_One
" In  the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenager Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape."

5/5 and it's going to be a Steven Spielberg film in 2018 with Mark Rylance from My BFG and Bridges Of Spies as the founder of OASIS.

I love playing video games and science fiction so I found this book perfect, I'd highly recommend it!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 23, 2016, 07:21:54 AM
Shannon, if you are going to quote summaries and reviews from other sources, you should give the source and provide a link, please. Also, please use either quotation marks or the [ quote] [ /quote] formatting to indicate the quotation.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Shannonsmith1993 on July 23, 2016, 07:40:58 AM
Shannon, if you are going to quote summaries and reviews from other sources, you should give the source and provide a link, please. Also, please use either quotation marks or the [ quote] [ /quote] formatting to indicate the quotation.
oops sorry I'll go edit the link now
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on July 23, 2016, 07:47:36 AM
Thanks. Doesn't hurt to add a few words to tell us why you enjoyed it! :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on July 23, 2016, 09:00:24 AM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6b/Gone_with_the_Wind_cover.jpg)

This was fantastic. I've only seen the film once about 20 years ago so I couldn't remember much about the story. I started reading this towards the end of April and I joked with Christopher that I might finish it before Xmas. At 1000 pages, it is a long long story. I read about 500 pages on the two week vacation I had in May and I had slackened off in the last few weeks but it didn't take me as long as I thought it would.

Even with the end of the civil war at around page 300, I was thinking what is going to take place for the next 700 pages. So so much. I'm definitely going out to buy the DVD of this soon and watch it again. Has there ever been a more despicable selfish character in literature as Scarlett O'Hara?

5/5.
Great, and you finished it about five months sooner than said! ;D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: antonis on July 25, 2016, 10:10:44 AM
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This is a must  O0
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 18, 2016, 11:13:04 PM
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

(http://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9781400052172-us.jpg)

Read this on holiday recently.. A totally absorbing and fasinating true story..
whether your into science or just enjoy the human interest story.. I thoroughly recommend this..

Could make a good movie... Clint ?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 12, 2016, 11:20:48 AM
Black boy by Richard Wright (1945)


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I got this from a list of books you must read... and glad I did..

Its a memoir by Richard Wright detailing his life growing up from around the age of 4 in the deep south between the wars.. A painful and at times difficult read but once I started I couldnt put it down.. Very powerful and at times almost like a thriller.. Theres a follow up that takes him into adulthood.. soon as I've tracked it down Im gonna read that too..

Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 14, 2016, 11:01:38 AM
Anyone hear studied or interested in Philiosophy ?

I've always kinda had an interest so after reading a couple of study type books I'm reading this..

Nausea by John-Paul Sarte

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When I've finished I'll hopefully be able to find a book that explains it all to me...  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 14, 2016, 06:11:42 PM
Anyone hear studied or interested in Philiosophy ?

I've always kinda had an interest so after reading a couple of study type books I'm reading this..

Nausea by John-Paul Sarte

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When I've finished I'll hopefully be able to find a book that explains it all to me...  ;)

(http://media.wiley.com/product_data/coverImage300/91/04702769/0470276991.jpg) ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 14, 2016, 10:22:45 PM
That looks perfect  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on September 27, 2016, 09:58:55 AM
I got it KC... Good call
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 15, 2016, 09:57:30 AM
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Walking Back To Happines


Autobiography of early 1960's London pop singer Helen Shapiro
I couldnt post a pic of the book for some reason.. So heres some others..

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A pretty standard bio but I've only recently become aware of Ms Shapiros music and she sure had a helluva voice..
Her managment turned down Lennon and McCartney's offer to write songs for her... Fools.
She did manage some big hits tho and had a good long career..

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on October 19, 2016, 02:17:08 PM
I've just read To Kill A Mocking Bird for the very first time... I can see what all the fuss is about. Excellent.
Gonna hunt down the movie next...

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on November 07, 2016, 01:01:04 PM
Girl on a Train  by A J Waines

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I havn't seen the movie but found this an easy to read  well written thriller... passed a long journey, did the job..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: AKA23 on November 07, 2016, 07:15:41 PM
Girl on a Train  by A J Waines

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I havn't seen the movie but found this an easy to read  well written thriller... passed a long journey, did the job..

This is confusing since the titles are so similar, but this is actually a completely different book than that which provides the source material for the 2016 film. The 2016 movie is adapted from a story by Paula Hawkins which is titled  "The Girl on the Train," while this book is called "Girl on a Train," and it's by AJ Waines. It seems like these are both thrillers though, which is an unbelievable coincidence.

Glad you enjoyed this book, Gant! I also enjoy thrillers. 
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 07, 2016, 11:51:53 PM
As a librarian, I ought to have noticed that! :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on November 08, 2016, 12:11:54 AM
Oops..... I messed up there. Hadn't even noticed who'd written it... Downloaded the pic without checking..
Now I feel I should read AJ Waines book seeing as I've told the world I have...
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 08, 2016, 12:35:42 AM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/96/Trumbo_%282015_film%29_poster.jpg)

Trumbo by Bruce Cook.

This was a great read. I haven't seen the film but will looking for it.

Only problem was it was one of these books that I could only read a few pages before falling asleep. I've mention this before and I don't know what it is but even if I find a book that's interesting, sometimes I can only get through a couple of pages at a time. I drives me nuts.

4/5.

Next up: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen.  8)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on November 08, 2016, 08:15:56 AM
Reading naturally seems to almost put me to sleep as well. Especially in the afternoons. That's nap time, I guess! I'll have to put the book down and rest for a little bit before I can continue.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Matt on November 08, 2016, 05:36:03 PM
Reading naturally seems to almost put me to sleep as well.

How do you read unnaturally?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on November 08, 2016, 07:01:47 PM
Didn't mean it that way. ???

Though that sentence could certainly use some editing! :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Matt on November 08, 2016, 07:23:57 PM
What do you teach in college? It took me quite some time to figure out what you meant there.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 08, 2016, 07:29:36 PM
I didn't have any trouble with that ... "naturally" meaning "in a natural manner, in particular. Synonyms: by nature, by character, inherently, innately, congenitally." (The definition that Google gives you when you search "naturally.")
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on November 08, 2016, 07:51:15 PM
What do you teach in college? It took me quite some time to figure out what you meant there.
So if I had said, "Reading typically puts me to sleep," you would have asked, "How do you read atypically (or untypically)?"?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Matt on November 08, 2016, 09:15:58 PM
I didn't have any trouble with that ... "naturally" meaning "in a natural manner, in particular. Synonyms: by nature, by character, inherently, innately, congenitally." (The definition that Google gives you when you search "naturally.")

Excellent.  KC has weighed in. She knows everything about grammar.

So, the way the sentence was worded, what was done "naturally"?  The reading, or the sleeping?
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Matt on November 08, 2016, 09:16:42 PM
So if I had said, "Reading typically puts me to sleep," you would have asked, "How do you read atypically (or untypically)?"?

No.  ;D  I wouldn't have misunderstood that.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on November 08, 2016, 09:18:04 PM
Maybe a strange word choice for me then. :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Matt on November 08, 2016, 10:53:01 PM
You know what would have worked better?  "Reading puts me to sleep naturally."  But, I'm not picking on you because I am NOT a good writer or linguist.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on November 08, 2016, 11:23:59 PM
I've always loved reading... It's still my favourite pastime . I get nervous if I find myself stuck somewhere without a book.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 08, 2016, 11:42:50 PM
Well, maybe Christopher should have said, "There's just something inherent in the act of reading that puts me to sleep." But I'll give him a passing grade anyway. Especially since I can never read in bed ... I fall right to sleep before finishing even a single paragraph.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 08, 2016, 11:51:00 PM
Crikey, didn't I open a can of worms talking about some books putting me to sleep.  :D
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on November 09, 2016, 12:13:49 AM
Crikey, didn't I open a can of worms talking about some books putting me to sleep.  :D

I'm wondering if anything will put me to sleep tonight, but that's another story.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Matt on November 09, 2016, 03:17:53 AM
Well, maybe Christopher should have said, "There's just something inherent in the act of reading that puts me to sleep."

Perfect.  Christopher, write that one down. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: antonis on November 11, 2016, 02:10:43 AM
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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 07, 2017, 04:43:06 PM
Simply THE Bowie book. Havn't bothered with any others but can't put this down..

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 28, 2017, 02:19:27 AM
This is Orson Welles... Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich

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I'm going through a bit of an Orson Welles faze at the moment.. watching his movies and reading this... Very good read so far..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 10, 2017, 11:05:38 AM
The Rocking Horse Winner by D H Lawrence

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I enhoyed the film recently so thought I'd read the book..

Very good..

The Rocking-Horse Winner" (1926) is one of D. H. Lawrence's most popular short stories, an Oedipal drama seasoned with a dash of social commentary and a pinch of the supernatural. It follows the short and tragic life of a boy named Paul, who thinks he has amazing luck after realizing he can predict racehorse winners by furiously riding his rocking horse until he reaches a trance-like state.

Unfortunately, as his family takes advantage his gift and starts raking in the dough, Paul's luck begins to kill him.

Literally.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 06, 2017, 09:33:22 PM
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Absolutely brilliant. There's more to the Boss than what we see on stage.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on June 01, 2017, 10:02:05 AM
UNCOMMON PEOPLE.
The rise and fall of the rock stars

by David Hepworth

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1955-1994 Little Richard to Kurt Cobain

The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy has passed. But like the cowboy, the idea
of the rock star lives on in our imaginations

Very good read..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Jed Cooper on July 30, 2017, 06:02:17 PM
Having seen Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath documentary-series and anticipating the new season next month, I was very curious to read her book.  I found it to be very informative and interesting. I enjoyed it.

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 01, 2017, 12:40:40 AM
This Ain't No Holiday Inn

Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995  James Lough

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The Chelsea Hotel in NY has been the home to more influential artists over the years than any other building.. included in its occupents are Mark Twain, Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, William Buroughs, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sid Viciuos... and me (for one weekend)  ;)

Lough concentrates on the latter years and builds a wonderful picture of the times and all the great characters (famous and infamous) who resided there.. He refers to the hotel as " monsterous, red brick eco-system of creativity" and weaves many unusual and fun stories of all the creative types who at one time or another resided there.. The owner often accepting art works instead of rent when the residents were too broke to pay.. many of these works were displayed in the lobby when I was there..


Sadly in 2011 the Chelsea finally sucumbed to the gentrification of New York and closed its doors to the artists, gangsters and bohemian types.
This book feels like a labour of love and a lament for times long gone. Good read.

I stayed here one long weekend some years back and thoroughly enjoyed the vibe of the hotel.. as well as sharing a coffee with our esteemed KC  :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on August 01, 2017, 01:43:09 AM
^ I remember it well! :)
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 24, 2017, 11:41:21 PM
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Do No Harm
  Henry Marsh

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Just read this whilst on holiday..

Henry Marsh is a top brain surgeon and here he talks about his career and lots of the operations he has undertaken including the mistakes and faliures alongside his many successes ..

Very frank and honest and sometimes funny, often very moving.. Fantastic book, I couldnt put it down..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Doug on October 09, 2017, 02:13:58 AM
I've really not been seeing many movies these days, but have been consistently reading, and here are a few recent ones I read for the first time:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I really like Philip K. Dick and I did like this one, but it's also the goofiest book of his I've read. Still, I always enjoy the way he weaves his interesting themes and obsessions into his work. Yes, the movie is way better.

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. I like Al Franken and this is an interesting, amusing book.

Breakfast at Tiffany's. I really dislike the movie and to be honest, I only like the book a little better. The writing is good, but you've got the same obnoxious characters leading their obnoxious, self-centered lives. But short it is.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on December 03, 2017, 05:55:42 AM
Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan

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A really strange, quirky little read.. Two stories melding into one. A writer gives up on writing a story and throws it in the wastepaper basket.. where it proceeds to continue writing itself..

A mix of realist absurd and whimsical.. I really enjoyed it and I'll return to it again at some point..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Christopher on December 03, 2017, 04:30:26 PM
Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan

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A really strange, quirky little read.. Two stories melding into one. A writer gives up on writing a story and throws it in the wastepaper basket.. where it proceeds to continue writing itself..

A mix of realist absurd and whimsical.. I really enjoyed it and I'll return to it again at some point..
That does sound good.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on January 17, 2018, 02:42:27 PM
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Cromwell's Head
by Jonathan Fitzgibbons

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I've been getting into reading a bit about history recently ..since I never had a history class at school.. ever.

Cromwell (1599-1658) was a brilliant military commander and political leader.

Less than three years after his death (where he had recieved a very regal funeral attended by thousands)
his corpse was dug up, executed and be headed.. launching his head on three centuries of extraordinary adventures..
This book tells the story of  this remarkable journey right up to its current (secret) resting place..  with lots of humour whilst also providing the reader with a compelling portrait of this great man..

Very enjoyable read..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on April 20, 2018, 12:47:32 AM
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NIGHT TRAIN.. The Sonny Liston story
by Nick Tosches

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Nick Tosches is such a great writer, whatever he turns his pen to..Here he tells the story of the rise and fall of heavyweight champion of the world Sonny Liston..

Liston is a much maligned figure in the history of boxing, often only mentioned as a footnote to Ali's career.. but he was so much more. Its an interesting if sometimes sad story of a guy who probably ranks in the top 5 Heavyweights of all time and deserves a little more credibility for his awesome career..

I love this  quotes from one of his opponents after Liston knocked him down and out..

"No man should ever be hit as hard as Sonny Liston hit me"


Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on May 12, 2018, 12:03:29 AM
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Morrissey

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Autobiography of British pop star formally singer in the band "The Smiths"

Once voted the second greatest living British icon and still a huge star around the world often playing to stadium size audiences..

I'm not a huge fan but more of an admirer.. thoroughly enjoyed this book..very well written and often quite funny.. pulls no punches..
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on May 12, 2018, 12:32:31 AM
(http://Hollywood and the Ivy Look) by Graham Marsh and JP Gaul

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Anyone following our trivia game about Clint's clothing will have seen that I'm quite a fan of style (not fashion) and the American  ivy (preppy) look has always been an influence..  From all thos fantastic Blue Note album covers  (miles Davis etc) through the 60's  etc and on into the 70's.. I've always been a button down shirt man..

This is a beautifully realized coffee table type book stacked with photos concentrating on the Hollywood look (mainly 60's) McQueen, Newman, Anthony Perkins.. etc..

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To be honest I shied away from this book  in the past as it is pretty much a picture book and very expensive, but I managed to pick it up second hand quite cheap..(more money for clothes ;) )

Although they were all pretty much the same age I wouldn't think of Clint as belonging to this group as he came to movie fame a bit later, in the 70's when styles became a lot scruffier.. hair longer etc.. a look that suits him perfectly.. although he does get a couple of pages here..

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on August 05, 2018, 02:02:50 AM
The Essential Dave Allen

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Great Irish comedian who I remember well from my youth.. A collection of some of his routines, excellent read..
I've never really like the phrase "ahead of his time"  I prefer genius !!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 03, 2018, 11:47:57 AM
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As brilliant as all the earlier books by Jo Nesbo.Just ordered his new one,Macbeth  8) O0

Currently reading

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Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: KC on September 03, 2018, 07:20:38 PM
Ooh, I need to catch up with Harry Hole ... I left him at the end of the original series. (Phantom is the next to last in the series, I think.) But I remember reading that Nesbø's written a new one ... Tørst.

Thanks for suggesting my next read, Hemlock!
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Hemlock on September 04, 2018, 11:45:03 AM
You`re welcome,K.C. O0

After Phantom there`s two more Harry Hole-books,Police and Thirst ...and just learned that there?ll be a new one 11.7.2019 called Knife  8)

https://jonesbo.com/
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 30, 2019, 07:50:51 PM
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This was a great read. It doesn't just look at the moon landing mission but covers the whole US space program from the 1950's through to the last Apollo mission. If you love NASA and anything to do with the early days of the space program, I highly recommend it.

5/5.
Title: Re: Recent Books Read
Post by: Gant on February 13, 2020, 01:47:19 AM
Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

I thought I'd read this seeing as I'm currently enjoying Mad men on tv. Fascinating insights into
the advertising industry... A good read