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« Reply #380 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
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« Reply #381 on: December 04, 2007, 08:30:57 AM »

After enjoying Dawkin's The God Delusion I decided to give this a go.



Another great read.
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« Reply #382 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.
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« Reply #383 on: January 08, 2008, 10:47:11 AM »




"I'm Legend" Richard Matheson

"The Known World" Edward P. Jones


Both of them, great books ! :)


 
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« Reply #384 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.
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« Reply #385 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.
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« Reply #386 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...
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« Reply #387 on: March 10, 2008, 03:57:43 AM »



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.
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« Reply #388 on: March 11, 2008, 11:32:28 AM »

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Poe: A Life Cut Short
by Peter Ackroyd

A biography of American writer Edgar Allan Poe



Very good..  O0
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« Reply #389 on: April 28, 2008, 03:00:11 AM »



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.
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« Reply #390 on: July 11, 2008, 12:50:26 AM »

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Billy Hill ..... Godfather of London
  by Wensley Clarkson

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



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.
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« Reply #391 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'.
       
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« Reply #392 on: July 16, 2008, 08:36:19 AM »



"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.
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« Reply #393 on: July 16, 2008, 10:26:54 AM »

I'm gonna make that my holiday read this year Sylvie, on your recomendation.  :)
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« Reply #394 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.
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« Reply #395 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
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« Reply #396 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.
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« Reply #397 on: July 16, 2008, 06:54:55 PM »

Ooh! Ooh! Now I want to shake YOUR hand!
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« Reply #398 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.
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« Reply #399 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.   
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