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Book Talk - What are you reading?

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    The series is on my list. They couldn't be any longer than Cryptonomicon that I'm reading now (an 800 pager by Neal Stephenson - I'm on my first renewal at the library. ;) )
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
    Hmmm...a "Deathly Hallows" thread? Some folks might think it's a new dealership. :P

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Does this mean Fiat is coming back to the US? :confuse:
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I finisihed it just after you did karen. I thought it was the best of the seven books! Not a dull chapter (or even page really)

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    I'll agree with you on that one. This last one hung together better than any of them. Could not put it down.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,906
    Haven't even started it yet... :(

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    No one would move to Boise if they read this book first. It won a Pulitzer back in '72 and the wheelchair bound narrator must have been the model for Dr. Scott of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame.

    Since the narrator is comparing his failed marriage (and his hippie helper's rocky relationship) to his pioneer grandmother's unhappy marriage in the late 1800's, it is all a bit of a time warp.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    "A techno-thriller (or very near-future SF, looking at some of the gimmicks) about a cyber-security expert who goes to work for the U.S. government fighting terrorism after 9/11."

    The Wiki summary covers it, but the book was quite an enjoyable read. Especially after having to give up on Digging to America, the Echo Maker and Baroque-A-Nova after about 50 pages each.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    Neal, that is.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I'm always reading something, usually more than one something at once. :P

    And my list tends to be a bit...well... different than most.

    Right now I'm reading a book on Bayesian probability and one about the politics of the 1800's that lead up to the Civil War (which some refer to as the war of Northern aggression)

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    I probability should have guessed you'd be reading something like that. :)

    I'm winding down on The Baroque Cycle, so I'm ~100 years ahead of you.
  • I'm reading Charles Bukowski's "Hollywood", about his experience of the making and filming of the movie "Barfly" which he wrote. Hilarious true send-up of L.A. lunacy.
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    Michael Crichton's Next on the one hand; Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence on the other.

    Making out the possible next future with Crichton's scientific insight and irony; peeking at the XVI Century global past with Rushdie's fantasy and scholar classicism.

    I'm enjoying both. ;)

    Regards,
    Jose
  • michaellmichaell Posts: 4,300
    ...and I will reinforce the opinion that Bill Bryson is hilarious!

    I've read pretty much every one of his books, and his travel tales from Australia are wonderful ("In a Sunburned Country").

    Am currently re-reading all of the Tom Clancy novels (currently on "Executive Orders"), plus I've got a few books from the local library that are in the queue. One on the NFL, one on NASCAR, one on marketing / branding and the last on professional golf during WW2.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    After about page 200 it was a hard book to put down. The plot was a bit far fetched, climax not a strong as I had hoped, but overall character development was excellent. I'd give it 7 Jip"stars" out of 10.
  • Finished "The Dirk Gently Wholistic Detective Agency"--that was a wild ride---by the guy who wrote Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"---Doug Adams.

    Now reading Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut---also very weird indeed.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    Those are a couple of fun ones Shifty.

    Currently on the nightstand is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. The story of a mute Wisconsin boy and his dogs, aka a modern take on Hamlet set in rural Wisconsin. Good read and good North Woods local color.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    edited November 2010
    Oh yeah I read a review of that book! I think I'm going to get it. I hesitated because it was on Oprah's list, and quite frankly, 90% of those books on her list are disappointing to say the least. Poofy pop trendy gimmick books, or dreadfully narcissistic memoirs. (Do I really care how hard it is to be a celebrity? Nooooo)

    But with a review from you, I'm confident this may be in the 10%. :P

    Have you heard about www.paperbackswap.com?
    PAPERBACK SWAP

    I joined and I really like it. For joining you get 2 credits. Then you list all the books you want to "trade away", and you get 1 credit for each listing.

    In turn, you can create a Wish List and if someone else has posted a book that's on your Wish List, you order it from them and spend 1 credit.

    The sender of the book pays the postage, you get the book "for free" so to speak.

    In reality, it's costing you about $2.50 a book because of the postage you will have to spend to send your book to others.

    So far i've gotten 4 books, all promptly, all in good shape. They also do books on CD.
  • Re: Oprah's book club - I gave up on that when she was pushing "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." Hated. It.

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • UGH--she's pushed so many grotesquely bad books, I don't even bother anymore.
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