Now reading (The Book Thread)

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by Avatar, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. davekm Banned Banned

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    I've also read a lot of Murakami. I find his books to be some of the best modern fiction around
     
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  3. jorgemtrevino Registered Member

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    Now reading:

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    Just finished:

    "Stations" series by David Downing (Historical Fiction).

    Previously:

    "Pendergast" series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Scientific Fiction Crime).
     
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  5. Wicked Weasel Registered Member

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    Reading Ender's Game again. One of my favorite sci-fi books and considered by many to be one of the five best of the genre. I read this about once every other year or so.

    They're actually making a film on it. Hope they do a good job.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ender's_Game_(film)
     
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  7. R1D2 many leagues under the sea. Valued Senior Member

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    The Executioner (aka Mack Bolan)

    There are plenty of books to read. By Don Pendleton. These are some great books, one of my favorite choices to keep going back to. Don passed away. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Pendleton
    I have read some newer books. Same action, plot types, suspense. No drop off really. Read these books! To me they are not very long you can dive deep into reading a book and get done in 2 or 3 days. I have done it.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Executioner_(book_series)

    Thanks for reading my post. Now I hope you will try reading a book or two. And please let me know your feelings about them.
     
  8. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    I probably read about 50+ Executioner books starting from book 1. The last time I checked a book store I was semi surprised to see several hundred Executioner books. You just can't beat them for high bad guy body counts. I was hoping for several movies based on that series, but just can't decide which actor I would want to play Mack Bolan, but am leaning towards Jason Statham. What do you think?
     
  9. Balerion Banned Banned

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    Re-reading A Song of Ice and Fire because I think I blew through them too quickly the first time around.
     
  10. R1D2 many leagues under the sea. Valued Senior Member

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    Jason would make a good choice. I also am thinking Thomas Jane, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Gabriel Byrne, Dwaine Stevenson. Just to name a few.
     
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  13. Nom-De-Plume "Give him a mask ... " Registered Member

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    Currently reading: The Mismeasure of Man

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    http://books.google.com.au/books/about/The_Mismeasure_of_Man.html?id=WTtTiG4eda0C&redir_esc=y
    http://www.amazon.com/Mismeasure-Man-Revised-Expanded/dp/0393314251

    I'm reading the 'Revised and Expanded' version. Amazon, as usual, took forever to ship it... *sigh*
    At least it's here now!

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  14. rodereve Registered Member

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    I've decided to read 26 books in 2013 as a new years resolution

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    (ie. 1 book/2 weeks). I'm a little behind, so far I've only read 3 books so far lol but I have several half-read novels lying around.

    Currently reading: Never Let Me Go - Ishiguro

    If anyone has sci-fi/dystopian novel recommendations, PM me, it's basically the only novels I go out of my way to buy. I've read most of the classics but might have missed one or two on the way.
     
  15. LaurieAG Registered Senior Member

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    They are not quite books but if you can get a hold of any of the pre 1960 'Amazing Stories' magazines they are interesting reads.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Stories
     
  16. Thoreau Valued Senior Member

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    Currently reading a few books:

    The Qur'an (for the third time)
    How to Be Compassionate by The Dalai Lama
    Tomorrow's God by Neale Donald Walsch
     
  17. Der Großmann Registered Member

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    Right now I am reading Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and definitely enjoying it.
     
  18. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    • Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner, a 1968 Hugo-winner. The point of view is that dystopia is already here. In one scene a pregnant lady's fetus is killed by radiation from her microwave oven. And they weren't even made in China in those days!
    • Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, a 1978 Hugo nominee. The premise is that a comet strikes earth, destroying much of the infrastructure, including government.
    • The Postman by David Brin. I confess that I haven't seen the movie because I have never liked a movie made from one of my favorite books, except "The Wizard of Oz." (Apparently the few people who saw it didn't like it either.) The scenario is similar to the Niven-Pournelle book, except that neither the reader nor the characters ever figure out what happened to cause the breakdown of civilization. This was written in 1985 before America was overwhelmed by loss of faith in government. The hero is an ordinary man who finds a crashed mail truck and takes the uniform jacket from the dead postman just for warmth, but for reasons he can't quite explain he also takes his mailbag and tries to deliver the letters inside. Everywhere he goes, people cheer because they regard him as evidence that the government is still in operation. But what he sees along the way is hard-core dystopia. I had a civil service job in 1985 and I found the story very uplifting.
    I hope you caught the TV series "Dark Angel." A similar scenario except that the neutron bomb in low orbit only destroyed the computer infrastructure of the U.S., turning it into a Third World country that had to sell the Statue of Liberty to the Sultan of Brunei. Unfortunately its ratings tanked after 9/11 and it was canceled. But it did give the world Jessica Alba.

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  19. Nehushtan Registered Member

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    Now reading King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard.
     
  20. Cyperium I'm always me Valued Senior Member

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    I'm reading SWIFT by James Follett, it's from 1986 and is about some criminals that tries to take over the computer systems that transfer money over the world. It's pleasing to read about the technological advancements that they had back then. It reminds me of action films from the eighties

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  21. R1D2 many leagues under the sea. Valued Senior Member

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    I am going over two interesting books.
    One is called wild edibles by marian van atta.
    The other is called field guide to edible wild plants second edition. By bradford angier and david k foster.
     
  22. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    Trouble in Paradise by Robert B. Parker; just finished Bad Blood by John Sandford.
     
  23. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Two more good ones by Nancy Turner and Adam Szczawinski* Edible Garden Weeds, and Edible Wild Fruits and Nuts
    (*pronounced just like it's written. Remember Wojciehowicz? Probably too young.)

    You might also like: Green Cities, edited by David Gordon - a mine of information - and Places of the Soul by Christopher Day, about architectural design.

    My bedside novel is The Spirit Cabinet by Paul Quarrington. His writing style is ever more refined - goes down like cheesecake with raspberry sauce - but i find the story disheartening. So far.... hoping for a redemption at the end.
     

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