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What Are We All Reading?

Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:58 pm

Haven't seen one of these in a while.

I'm going to be headed to Greece in a month and if history has anything to say about it, I will be spending quite a bit of time reading.

The best thing about a Kindle...or the Kindle App on iPad (and the various other reader apps), is that I can carry a whole bunch of books around with me and read what suits my mood at the time.

Currently reading (in no particular order):

-Tolkien's Hobbit. I revisit this book every few years. Love it.

-Thor's Path of the Assassin. Not his best, but I'm burned out on the genre.

-Meacham's Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. Just getting started on this...nice reviews. Probably follow this with American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.

-Running through The Bible (again after 30 years) and The Koran (that's a hard read).

-Wrapping up Bush's Decision Points. Stopped reading it a while ago for no apparent reason.

-Wright's The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Just a chapter or two into this. Interesting read, but clearly has an agenda.

-Melville's Moby Dick: or, the White Whale. Never read it. Just started it last night.

-Tapper's The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. Not reading it yet, but it's at the top of my queue.

I think my tastes are shifting. I'm moving away from fiction (though, the classics are the classics) and moving towards histories and perspectives into historical figures.

Well, what are you reading? I'm always looking for a good read.

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Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:15 pm

Roll The Bones: The History Of Gambling (Casino Edition) by David G. Schwartz It's an updated version of his 2006 book of the same name.

Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet) by George Takei It's his take on stuff that he's come across on the Internet as well as his posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Gonzo: The Life Of Hunter S. Thompson by Jann S. Wenner and Corey Seymour It's a biography of the late writer as told via a mix of interviews with folks from his life. I'll pick up it every so often, read a few chapters and put it back down. For some reason, I always seem to pick it back up just prior to a trip to Vegas.....
 
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:42 pm

Textbooks. Nothing but textbooks until April.   

But in all seriousness, I've never been one for novels. The only unread books I have on my shelf at the moment are a couple Freakanomics books and one of Kevin O'Leary's books.

I'm much more of a magazine guy. I have a subscription to GQ, but also frequently read BusinessWeek, Forbes, and The Economist.
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:48 pm

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell: The book on which the film is based. Delightful, but sort of complicated to grasp.

Black Box, by Nicholas Faith: Worthless, really, but it has some entertaining anecdotes.

My Stolen Face, by Neda Soltani: The story of a woman whose life was turned around in a bad way by the murder of Neda Aga Soltan in Iran.

The Day of Battle, by Rick Atkinson: The Italian campaign during World War 2.

Rio Bossa Nova, by Ruy Castro: An excellent history of the genre, and where to go to for the different styles to listen to it in Rio.
 
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:06 pm

I'm reading "Bitter Brew" by William Knoedelseder, about the rise and fall of Anheuser-Busch Inc.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 2):
I'm much more of a magazine guy

I subscribe to: Airways, Trains, Lawn & Garden Tractor National Geographic, American Rifleman, Beer Cans and Brewery Collectibles and The American Breweriana Journal.
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:12 pm

Currently reading the Fallen series by Thomas E. Sniegoski, starting off with the first book, and hopefully finishing my way to the end: the current novel series is based on (and expands on) the mini-series shown on ABC Family several years ago. Yes, the series involves angels.

I also have a backlog of books to read, both fiction and non-fiction. Unfortunately, I am not the type that fancies e-books, so I have to get those books read as well in due time without lugging them all over the place. (Apparently, I don't spend a lot of time reading, it seems, while traveling.)

However, I am buried in academic reading too for the time being (until March), and I just read a six-page piece on human sexuality and chastity. Plus I have a philosophy textbook (in Filipino), a Spanish review textbook, lots of political science texts, and other miscellaneous academic things that I have to read.

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Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:44 pm

I've been reading Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter of Mars series recently. It is refreshing to real older books where the author doesn't feel the need to pad the story with 20 pages of rehashing earlier scenes for character motivation.

But I'm anxiously awaiting Harry Turtledove's second book in the SuperVolcano series to arrive any day.
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:55 pm

North Road by Peter F. Hamilton.

I love me some sci-fi. This one is a murder mystery.
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:07 pm

Pyongyang by Guy Delisle. It's a graphic novel about North Korea.

Next on the list is Single & Single by John Le Carre. I've read pretty much all his books.
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:50 pm

Last time I read a book fully was last Christmas when I read 'The High Beta Rich' by Robert Frank. It's all about people with highly volatile income - typically those in the financial sector who get very rich very quickly and can get poor similarly quickly. The book investigates the knock-on affects of this and is a great read. The trouble that this type of sudden wealth and then sudden loss has had on the town of Aspen, Colorado, is pretty amazing.
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:51 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
North Road by Peter F. Hamilton.

I was into Peter Hamilton until I went through the Night's Dawn trilogy. That was the end of me reading anything from me again. The most disappointing, anticlimactic end to a 3000 pages sci fi saga ever... Waste of time. The commonwealth saga was better.

I'm into Alastair Reynolds now. Much better.

Going through the Revelation Space saga now. Very good.
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:22 pm

I just finished reading the hardcover book, "god is Not Great - How Religion Poisions Everything" by Christopher Hitchens - an interesting book, but as with everything, you have to take it with a grain of salt. You may not agree with everything in that book. Hey, it was a gift from a friend for the New Year!

Now, I am reading a few eBooks on my Apple iPad - as follows:

- The Gun Seller, by Hugh Laurie
- Dave Barry (is not taking this sitting down) and Dave Barry's Greatist Hits
- Lewis Black - Nothing's Sacred
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

And on the technical side, I am reading:

- Hacking Ubuntu Linux (O'Reilly Press)
- Objective C Programming (Apple Development Press)
- Java and J++ Concepts
- Multiprotocol Network Analysis (mostly a very large White Paper/M.I.T. Press) - I used to teach that stuff for a living, a long, long time ago.

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Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:27 pm

Oh yeah - I almost forgot:

I also finished a softcover book from Phyllis Diller, entitled "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse".

It is a hilarious read, about her life story. I highly recommend it.

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Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:46 pm

"Securing the cloud"

"Malware analyst's cookbook"

"Digital forensics with open source software"

"Social engineering: The art of human hacking"

"What Every Body is Saying: An ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People"

"Emotions Revealed" - the book that the TV show "Lie to Me" was based off of.



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Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:14 pm

I just finished "Storming Las Vegas"; How a Cuban born, Soviet-trained Commando took down The Strip to the tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and millions in cash. By John Huddy

In a sixteen month long crime spree, Jose Vigoa robbed the MGM, Desert Inn, New York, New York, the Mandalay Bay, and the Bellagio, plus three armored cars. Very exciting book !

During the past six months I've read "The Mafia Is Not An Equal Opportunity Employer", by Nicholas Gage

"Hard Measures", by Jose Rodriguez, Jr. , How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9 /11 Saved American Lives

"Body Of Lies" by David Ignatius ( A CIA Novel )

"Basic Handgun & Concealed Carry Fundamentals" By Michael Martin Gander Mountain Academy

" Thinking Beyond The Unthinkable" by Jonathan Stevenson; Harnessing Doom From The Cold War To The Age Of Terror

"Rocket Men", by Craig Nelson The Epic Story Of The First Men On The Moon
I'll probably read this one three more times

"No Easy Day" by one of the Navy Seals involved in the raid to take down Bin Laden

"Navy Seals", A History Of The Early Years; by Kevin Dockery

"Landscape Photography" by Tim Fitzharris It's a great book by a fabulous photographer, BUT, in it, he uses almost exclusively medium format film bodies with Phase One Digital backs, so users of D SLR bodies are not likely to get as much out of it, as say, anyone using medium format; (which, as I'm sure we all know, is limited to working Pros and mega-millionaires !) (IMHO that is) A very good book, and just the photography alone is well worth twice the price !


"Beyond The Glitter" by Gerald L. Wykoff Insider's Techniques For Evaluating, Buying.....Selling....Wearing.....And Caring For...Diamonds, Colored Gems, Precious Metals and Jewelry
I've been reading this one for the past 30 years now, probably been through it 3 or 4 times so far.....

Someone mentioned being "a magazine guy"; So am I ; always read Nat Geo, Shutterbug, Air & Space; Smithsonian, "Digital Photography"; (four times per year); Peterson's Photographic; Outdooor Photography; (my sub. ran out a yr ago, now paying full price, DAMN!) and about 2 or 3 hand gun mags every month.;

All of the above are hard back, still have all of them; planning on buying an iPad any day now; am VERY desirous of starting to read as much as possible as e-books, as this place is starting to look like the Library of Congress, and it's not NEARLY as big ! (if you know what I mean ?)

A list for the whole year would be too long to type, and I need to go watch the Colts clobber the Ravens now; (I hope !)

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Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:22 pm

Just finished the Game of Thrones books. Working on The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs. Going to read another couple of books by Jacobs afterward, as well as two my girlfriend recommended. The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, both by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, are also on the must read list in the near future. And I'm also working on Please Look After Mom by Kyun-Sook Shin and Khan al-Khalili by Naguib Mahfouz. One of my goals for this year is to read a book each week.

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Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:35 pm

Northwest Flyfishing Magazine. I got 30 back issues right before Christmas. I need to catch up on some reading.

Quoting nickh (Reply 12):
I also finished a softcover book from Phyllis Diller, entitled "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse".

Phyllis who?  
 
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:01 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
North Road by Peter F. Hamilton.

I love me some sci-fi. This one is a murder mystery.

How are you finding it? I have read most of his other works but was a bit disappointed with the Void series.

I'm currently reading
At The Devil's Table: Inside the fall of the Cali cartel. The world's biggest crime syndicate. I listening to an interview on NPR with Jorge Salcedo and had to purchase the book.

But really I am in a holding pattern waiting to read A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson. I'm looking forward to finally finishing the series.
 
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:47 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
I love me some sci-fi. This one is a murder mystery.

Used to read a lot of Sci-Fi and Fantasy stuff. I'm not sure I've really moved away from the genre, jjust haven't picked up anything too interesting looking. Last year I read Asimov's I, Robot for the first time. I like it.

Quoting texan (Reply 15):
Just finished the Game of Thrones books.

Eagerly awaiting the last book. Though, I hear it may be 2 books.

Quoting nickh (Reply 11):
"god is Not Great - How Religion Poisions Everything" by Christopher Hitchens

I heard him promoting the book, before he died, on talk radio of all places. Generally, it recieved good reviews from the hosts, even though they disagreed with him. A sign of a well researched and assembled book. That may be one for the trip.

In fact, I just popped over to Amazon and downloaded it to the iPad. $7.99. Ahhhhh, instant gratification gene satisfied. I feel warm all over...though, that may be the bourbon.   
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:13 pm

I'm currently reading Metro 2034  
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:20 pm

I'm reading Bill Bryson, "At home - a short history of private life". Bryson is always a fascinating read, but you have to bear with his narrating style. Once you realize "how he does it", it can become a bit tiring. Still, I just wish I could remember it all, and not just the two or three aspects of a thousand that I usually take with me.  
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:33 pm

Delta: The History of an Airline... yeah, I have no life lol
 
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Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:54 pm

Just finished book 2 of the century trilogy by Ken Follett 'Winter World'. Eager for book 3 to come out but will have to wait till 2014.

Just starting 'Strange New Worlds' by Ray Jayawardhana.
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:10 am

Quoting nickh (Reply 11):
"god is Not Great - How Religion Poisions Everything" by Christopher Hitchens - an interesting book, but as with everything, you have to take it with a grain of salt.

I've never read any of his books, but I've read many of his essays with great interest. He's also participated in some interesting debates which can be found on Youtube.

Quoting nickh (Reply 11):
Lewis Black - Nothing's Sacred

I read this (well, most of it, I didn't finish it) and loved it. Very few people can be so crude and so thought-provoking at the same time such as Lewis Black.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 14):
my sub. ran out a yr ago, now paying full price, DAMN!

I'm not sure why I don't subscribe to more magazines. I could not read half the issues and it's still cheaper than paying full price! I need to get on that...
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:41 am

Admittedly I'm not a big reader, but I just finished "Maybe I Should Just Shut up and go Away" by Neal Boortz. I loved it.
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:18 am

Quoting N776AU (Reply 24):
Admittedly I'm not a big reader, but I just finished "Maybe I Should Just Shut up and go Away" by Neal Boortz. I loved it.

I've never read anything he's written, but I listen to hime on the radio a lot; I like Boortz.....we think a lot alike !


[quote=WestJet747,reply=23]I'm not sure why I don't subscribe to more magazines. I could not read half the issues and it's still cheaper than paying full price! I need to get on that...


If you figure it out, please let me know; there are at least 4 or 5 mags that I keep buying ever single month, read them cover to cover, and just never can seem to get around to getting a sub to; another eccentricity of mine that always irks me to no end; the minute I go in anyplace that has a decent mag rack, I always head straight for it; then, many times after reading a mag almost cover to cover, I end buying it and taking it home ! Why can't I just buy the damned thing in the beginning, then take it home to read it. I suppose I'm somewhat of a compulsive reader; often times, when I'm reading something particularly good, I can't lay it down, and sometimes read all night and all the next day, getting to the end. (This invariably gets me into hot water with my fiancee'........'er.....wife.

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Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:59 am

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 18):
Eagerly awaiting the last book. Though, I hear it may be 2 books.

George R R Martin came up with some fantastic concepts and characters - but I'm wondering where he is going to end up.

Only three of the Starks are still alive/human. Though Tyrion is one of my favorite all time characters.

There appear to be at least two 1,500 page novels yet to come. I hope he lives long enough and is mentally sharp enough to finish the series.
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:46 am

[quote=Geezer,reply=14]A list for the whole year would be too long to type, and I need to go watch the Colts clobber the Ravens now; (I hope !)

Damn ! Leave a football game to play on the computer and look what happens..........

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Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:16 am

Quoting francoflier (Reply 10):
I was into Peter Hamilton until I went through the Night's Dawn trilogy. That was the end of me reading anything from me again. The most disappointing, anticlimactic end to a 3000 pages sci fi saga ever... Waste of time. The commonwealth saga was better.

I started reading Night's Dawn and decided it was just too gruesome. I really liked the Commonwealth books, though, although I liked Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained a lot more than the Void trilogy. The Void trilogy involved a lot of "technomagic," which is what I call it when technology gets too complex and becomes capable of doing anything. At that point, Sci-Fi turns into fantasy and you might as well add dragons and sorcerers. There was also a lot of internal inconsistency, like explaining why a starship can dive into the corona of a star and hold perfectly still, but has trouble landing on a stormy Earth-like planet. In the initial books, the technology was more limited and so the set of "allowed" events was more limited, leading to a more believable and captivating story, IMHO.

Quoting Ozair (Reply 17):
How are you finding it?

So far actually pretty good. The storyline got going in the first few pages. That's about as far as I am. The murder victim (a man of huge importance) has been discovered and it's now the next day. I read my books while driving to work as audiobooks (yes, it is "reading," even if it's not on print; so don't start that horsepiss with me, anyone), so I'll get more into it tomorrow.

We'll see what happens.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 10):
I'm into Alastair Reynolds now. Much better.

Going through the Revelation Space saga now. Very good.

I read Pushing Ice as my first A.R. book and now I'm hooked. The only book of his I didn't really like was Century Rain, which was too fancy and flowery and a bit trite. What Dr. Reynolds (he's a Ph.D. astrophysicist) does very well is painting scenes. Whether it's enormous, kilometer-long starships battling in the Revelation Space trilogy, the enormous dirigible fleet of Terminal World, the absolutely grandiose, galaxy-spanning civilization of House of Suns, or the epic space battle around the Moon in an era supposedly without weapons in Blue Remembered Earth the mental pictures I form from his descriptions are truly epic.

Make sure that you read both The Prefect which is set in the Glitter Band when it still glittered and Chasm City, which takes you on a tour through the post-plague city.

I'm pretty sure that Nostalgia for Infinity (pre-plague) would have looked about like this:


What other space opera do you recommend? I like space opera a lot more than cyberpunk or near-future stuff.

If you like space opera, don't miss Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of the Seven Suns series is a bit hokey from a plot point-of-view, but well-written and engaging.
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:29 am

Just started reading One Shot, by Lee Child I have read all of his books. but will not bother with the movie.
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:47 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 1):

Gonzo: The Life Of Hunter S. Thompson by Jann S. Wenner and Corey Seymour It's a biography of the late writer as told via a mix of interviews with folks from his life. I'll pick up it every so often, read a few chapters and put it back down. For some reason, I always seem to pick it back up just prior to a trip to Vegas.....

Well, we know what you're doing in Vegas.

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Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:01 pm

Winter of the World - Ken Follett
Tudors: A History of England, part II - Peter Ackroyd
Cape Town and the Garden Route - Lonely Planet - in preparation for our trip next month
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:31 pm

Quoting fr8mech (Thread starter):
Wright's The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Just a chapter or two into this. Interesting read, but clearly has an agenda.

I think that's a book that everybody should read (although it's a bit out of date now). What agenda do you think it has? I haven't read it since it first came out, but I don't remember it being especially political, and it's also very, very well sourced IIRC.

I am reading (as always) a bunch of wine stuff. A wonderful book on Italian wine called "Vino Italiano- the regional wines of Italy", plus about 6 back copies of "Decanter" that I haven't got to reading. Also about to start "Bordeaux Legends – The 1855 First Growth Wines".
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:53 pm

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 32):
What agenda do you think it has? I haven't read it since it first came out, but I don't remember it being especially political, and it's also very, very well sourced IIRC.

It's agenda is to expose radical Islam for what it is. I have no problem with that. I was just stating that I know that the author set out to prove a certain conclusion using chosen facts and may well be surpressing others. I like to go into a political book with an open mind. And yes, it does appear to be well sourced.

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 26):
Only three of the Starks are still alive/human.

That's what I like about the series. It really keeps you guessing. I thought Jon was going all the way...oh well.

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 26):
Though Tyrion is one of my favorite all time characters.

I agree.
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:16 pm

Kolyma Tales, by Varlan Shalanov.

It's a collection of excruciatingly real short stories about the Siberian Gulag. It succeeds by painstakingly describing seemingly inconsequential details, but ultimately ones which collectively serve to bring the everyday horrors of the setting to life. In that regard it reminds me of the epic documentary 'Shoah', which similarly describes a multitude of detail like the colour of gas vans, the expressions on faces, what the weather was like at the time, and so on.

It's gruesome, but a truly great book.
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:47 pm

I used to love science fiction but many, many years ago, after trying to get through Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune, etc., I escaped the genre (maybe the horrible film Dune put that nail in my coffin). Some of the above mentions seem tantalizing, though.

Recently I've picked up Patricia Cornwell's Port Mortuary (mostly for wifey, and I haven't started it yet myself. I also recently read Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln (fast read and not too bad IMHO) but haven't started Killing Kennedy yet.

I really liked Fly Boys; more of a documentary that includes a bit on Pres George H W Bush's bad ending in WWII Pacific with his TBM torpedo bomber. What I have and want to open up next is Michio Kaku's Physics Of The Future, but I have a sneaking thought that Barron's Dog Training Bible is more important at this point in time. At least I don't have to read sleeping-pill NOTAMs and ADs anymore. all best...jack
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RE: What Are We All Reading?

Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:07 pm

Quoting cptkrell (Reply 35):
I used to love science fiction but many, many years ago, after trying to get through Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune, etc., I escaped the genre (maybe the horrible film Dune put that nail in my coffin). Some of the above mentions seem tantalizing, though.

   Another Sci-Fi guy who disliked DUNE! I'm afraid to admit it. It's like admitting that I disliked Dances With Wolves
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:56 pm

What I read the most is the web, by a long shot.

Then the one magazine I've been subscribed to since childhood, "Science & Avenir" (science & future), it's similar to Scientific American.

An aunt has subscribed me to a paper called "La décroissance" (degrowth), I don't read everything in it since it's really "out there" but it's quite fun for it. For example they're not just against planes and airports, they're also against high speed rail, since speed is bad.

I regularly buy "Le Canard Enchaîné" (the chained duck, canard meaning duck but also newspaper), a satirical newspaper, it's satirical but has real inside information from politicians and the like, so you get an inside view of what's going on.

As for books, I only read fiction, and since the end of high school only science fiction, with a grain of fantasy. Currently I'm reading the Ender saga by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game was the first book I read in English, and I just finished Ender's Shadow.

I've been reading books on an e-ink reader for 2 years now, it's a Samsung E60 I got for very cheap. I really like e-ink and couldn't see myself read on a back-lighted tablet for hours (I can compare to my Samsung Galaxy Tab). Also the ability to click on a word and get a definition is very useful.
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:57 pm

Currently, I am an avid fan of professional journal articles as I keep busy finishing my thesis paper.

Other than that, nothing.
 
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Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:01 am

Quoting cptkrell (Reply 35):
I used to love science fiction but many, many years ago, after trying to get through Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune, etc., I escaped the genre (maybe the horrible film Dune put that nail in my coffin).

You know what? I think I can trace my moving away from the genre on the Dune series. The first book was ok, but after that....

I'm not sure why I kept reading them. I think it was like watching a car accident in excruciatingly slow motion. I just couldn't stop.
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Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:50 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 36):
Another Sci-Fi guy who disliked DUNE

For me it wasn't just Dune (which actually wasn't all that bad). It was the whole Herbert shtick. A leaf falls, and half the characters jump up and shout OMG Meaningful and rush about, with no sensible explanation. Then it all happens again a couple chapters later. Not my thing.

I'm killing time with one of the Ruth Downie "Rusa" Roman mysteries while waiting for the copy of Dequasie's "The Green Flame" that I finally found. I hope that the latter meets expectations, I've been saving a spot for it on the honor shelf next to Clark's "Ignition!"
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Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:30 am

I'm not much of a reader, but I recently got a new library card and it's good to check out some big history bricks every once and again. As such, I'm reading Japan at War: An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook and Theodore F. Cook. It's an oldish book (1992) but it covers one of the more underserved perspectives of World War II (to me so far, at least,) almost all through firsthand accounts.

I also recently finished Mosquito Menacing the Reich which I don't have all the information on because I don't have it with me right now. Decent operational history and some really fascinating details, but could use slightly better editing in at least one respect: jargon and acronyms are almost everywhere, but they aren't always well explained.
 
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Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:55 am

Right now I'm on Griffin's The Vigilanties. Part of his "Badge of Honor" Series that I've read before. We were in Michigan when I finished Flynn's The Last Man and my wife got the old Griffin book (and one for her) for $2.50 each at Staples.

Waiting next is Baldacci's The Forgotten.

Quoting mal787 (Reply 29):

Just started reading One Shot, by Lee Child
Quoting mal787 (Reply 29):
Just finished QF32 & The forgotten David Baldacci

Both are writers I automatically buy. Others are W.E.B. Griffin, Jack Higgins (really!), Jeffrey Archer, Follett, DeMille & Vince Flynn.

At 68 I'm looking for a good story teller more than anything. I also have a horrible memory these days so I can re-read the better series after a couple of years. I had just finished Griffin's Men At War series before starting The Last Man.
 
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Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:26 am

Number 1 is to read The Bible - I love it! It's like a car manual. If I have got some problem with my feeling, then I can read that the Bible to help me to "fix" my feeling.  Smile

Also I enjoy reading a fantasy/science-fiction novel....

Of course... My favorite book is Losing my virginity! It's a great book!

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Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:48 am

Wish that I could find time to read much apart from children's stories (3 in my bag for the trip home). Reread some of Terry Dowling's Rynosseros over the Xmas break. Perfect for an Australian summer (he's my favourite author - such vivid imagery in sf and horror). Part way through Terry Pratchett's Snuff.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 10):
I was into Peter Hamilton until I went through the Night's Dawn trilogy.

I enjoyed the Night's Dawn trilogy and while I still read what he writes, but with a lot less enthusiasm. He writes too much about graphical teenage level sexual fantasies that offer nothing to the plot, Misspent Youth being a case in point.
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:01 am

Currently re-reading a James Baldwin anthology which contains the novels Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room and Another Country.

Also reading this rather fascinating and highly entertaining book:

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Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:25 am

"Lautlos" by Frank Schätzing. A 700-page thriller from the late 90s. Half through with it. Parallel to it Edgar Allan Poe short novels again after decades.

I read a lot, but havent found the time to read much novels recently. Last year I read three or four of Patrick O´Brian´s great "Captain Aubrey" novels. Most books I read last year though were hobby related, and my hobbies are, beside aviation, shipping and Classic cars.
 
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:37 pm

Just finished Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocolypse by Robert Rankin. Completely bizarre but a fun read
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:55 pm

This year (well, since Christmas), I've read:

Hitler's Hangman, a biography of Reinhard Heydrich - a very good read, about arguably the single most important driver of the holocaust, by Robert Gerwarth.

Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. Actually, I'm re-reading this, because it's probably the best book I've ever read. Period.

Savage Continent (started this well before Christmas, just finished it this week) ... by Keith Lowe. Excellent and at times harrowing, a history of Europe in the immediate aftermath of WW2.

Currently starting "The Price of Inequality" by Joseph Stiglitz; hard going, because economics isn't really my thing, but very interesting nonetheless.
 
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:54 pm

Quoting PITingres (Reply 40):
For me it wasn't just Dune (which actually wasn't all that bad). It was the whole Herbert shtick. A leaf falls, and half the characters jump up and shout OMG Meaningful and rush about, with no sensible explanation. Then it all happens again a couple chapters later. Not my thing.

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