What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART II

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Post by Puakinekine » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:59 pm

Patchy Groundfog wrote:Re-reading "A Dance to the Music of Time," by Anthony Powell. Twelve novels, originally published between the early 1950s and 1975, now gathered into four volumes. It's a highly entertaining social history of England from just before World War I through the 1960s.
The BBC did a mini-series of this. It was an excellent rendition of the books, aside from the problem of having actors age over long adult life spans. They changed actors for some characters but kept the same actor for Widmerpool (perhaps because he was already 60 at 16). Neither method really worked, but all in all I highly recommend the production. I highly recommend the books as well.

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Post by Patchy Groundfog » Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:47 am

Puakinekine wrote:
Patchy Groundfog wrote:Re-reading "A Dance to the Music of Time," by Anthony Powell. Twelve novels, originally published between the early 1950s and 1975, now gathered into four volumes. It's a highly entertaining social history of England from just before World War I through the 1960s.
The BBC did a mini-series of this. It was an excellent rendition of the books, aside from the problem of having actors age over long adult life spans. They changed actors for some characters but kept the same actor for Widmerpool (perhaps because he was already 60 at 16). Neither method really worked, but all in all I highly recommend the production. I highly recommend the books as well.
Thank you for the recommendation - I'll see if I can get the series from Blockbuster later. I'm only halfway through this third (since 1979) reading.

It will be interesting to see how the actors fit my mental image of some of the characters. My Widmerpool, who may not resemble anybody else's Widmerpool, looks a lot like the guy who plays Dwight Shrute on The Office.
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Post by gd » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:57 pm

Unseen Academicals, new Terry Pratchett.

When Douglas Adams died I figured that was the end of that. Then I discovered Pratchett. I sometimes use german versions to practice my incorrigible bad german, because every paragraph is entertaining enough to tease out word by word.

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Post by Frobie » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:44 pm

Finished American Prometheus, now on to Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire by Richard B. Frank.

I've been pretty lucky lately; those two + Guests of the Ayatollah = the best stretch of books I've had in a awhile. YMMV.

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Post by CountryBoy » Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:36 am

Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges.

That last chapter is something that everyone needs to read and think about.
Magnificent.

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Post by bearcub » Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:45 am

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Seen the movie years ago. Been saying I am going to read this book for the last 30 years. Finally doing it. Now thats procrastination.

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Post by bradshaw1965 » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:21 am

Juliet, Naked
Nick Hornby

I always enjoy Nick Hornby and we are blessed to have a good writer who is also prolific.

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Post by chaz » Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:33 pm

"The Black Echo" by Michael Connelly.
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Post by natarajnv » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:10 am

- Cows, pigs, wars, and witches by Mervin Harris

Going to start
- Al Gore's Our Choice
- The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

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Post by Tall Grass » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:46 am

"The Lovers" by John Connolly...P.I. Charlie Parker, along with his pals Angel and Louis, search for the reasons why his police officer father commited suicide.
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Post by Fletch » Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:14 am

Hawke by Ted Bell.

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A James Bond for the 21st century, Alex Hawke is suave, sexy, smart, wealthy, and deadly. And he's got the bloodlines to prove it--the direct descendant of a famous English pirate, the British secret agent is back in the Caribbean where his ancestor once amassed a legendary fortune and where, decades ago, his own parents were brutally tortured and murdered for a secret Alex, to this day, doesn't know he has in his possession. What brings Alex back to the scene of a crime he only vaguely remembers witnessing as a child is a mission to find and recover a stealth submarine that's gone missing less than a hundred miles from the American mainland, complete with 40 nuclear warheads and a rogue terrorist's finger on the countdown button. It's a hoary premise, but Bell makes it work with skillful plotting, quick characterizations, and a lively hero who deserves a sequel, not to mention the big screen treatment. --Jane Adams
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Post by chaz » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:37 pm

"The Black Ice" by Michael Connelly.
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Post by dkdoy » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:30 pm

Churhill by Martin Gilbert

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Post by stratton » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:00 am

Torch of Freedom by David Weber & Eric Flint.

One of three parallel book tracks in the Honorverse.

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Post by nisiprius » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:19 pm

My Uncle Oswald by Raold Dahl, best known for his kids books such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. A follow-up to my having read the very interest The Irregulars, a nonfiction book about the activities of Dahl, Ian Fleming, and other members of the British spy ring who spied on the United States during the World War II.

My Uncle Oswald , not for kids, is weird. Mildly funny in some places but not very, and fairly unpleasant. Yet I keep turning the pages. It is an achievement of sorts to write a book so entirely based on coarse humor about sex that is so utterly lacking in eroticism. A good deal of the humor is based on indirect, PG-rated descriptions of sexual encounters between a young woman of loose morals and numerous famous artists, writers, scientists, and European kings; the point is that she is tricking them into donating sperm for ultimate resale.
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Post by Igglesman » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:16 pm

Under the Dome. Stephen King. Wish I could buy futures on the movie this will be made into. Great read.

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Post by polaar » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:23 pm

1959: The Year Everything Changed by Fred Kaplan

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Post by catdude » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:54 am

The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf, by Mark Frost
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Post by Bharat » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:12 pm

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. It is a phenomenal book that mixes ultra distance running (30 miles and above), human evolution, a hidden native American tribe of runners and world class ultra-distance runners. Highly recommend!
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Post by tj218 » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:58 pm

The First World War by John Keegan.

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Post by sherwink » Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:57 pm

The Guns of August--Barb Tuckman

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Post by chaz » Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:39 am

I just finished "The Brass Verdict" by Michael Connelly. Next up will be "Dark Of The Moon" by John Sandford.
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Post by metabasalt » Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:48 pm

Bogleheads Guide to Retirement and Four Pillars of Investing. Enjoying both!

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Post by chaz » Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:49 pm

metabasalt wrote:Bogleheads Guide to Retirement and Four Pillars of Investing. Enjoying both!

Four Pillars of Investing is a great book.
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Post by metabasalt » Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:54 pm

chaz wrote:
metabasalt wrote:Bogleheads Guide to Retirement and Four Pillars of Investing. Enjoying both!

Four Pillars of Investing is a great book.
I heard that so often here that I finally got my wife to buy it for me for my birthday!

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Post by grok87 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:36 pm

Next by Michael Chrichton
RIP Mr. Bogle.

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Post by LH » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:49 pm

atlas shrugged ayn rand

great book. applicable to modern times. Timeless.

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Post by medgar » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:55 pm

A Son of the Game by james dodson.

Very enjoyable read if you grew up in a golfing family or had the pleasure to play golf in Pinehurst/Southern Pines area.

I miss the days of playing Pinehurst no. 2 for walk up price of $40.

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Post by gkaplan » Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:13 pm

Daniel Silva's The Defector
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Post by chaz » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:55 pm

LH wrote:atlas shrugged ayn rand

great book. applicable to modern times. Timeless.


I agree.
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Post by a686 » Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:04 pm

Atlas Shrugged is great if you like god-awful writing, cardboard characters and sado-masochistic porn, which underlies all the so-called "philosophy".

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Post by catdude » Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:41 pm

The Little Book of Safe Money, by Jason Zweig
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Post by chaz » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:33 am

After "Dark Of The Moon", next will be "Next Lightning" by John Sandford.
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Post by catdude » Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:02 pm

First in His Class, by David Maraniss, a biography of Bill Clinton.
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Post by medgar » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:28 pm

The first tycoon: life of cornelius vanderbilt.

My winter goal is to read bio's on the early big corporate/rail tycoons.

Rockerfeller Titan
Carnegie Andrew Carnegie
Gould undecided
Morgan House of Morgan

Any better bio's opinions are appreciated.

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Post by chaz » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:13 pm

chaz wrote:After "Dark Of The Moon", next will be "Next Lightning" by John Sandford.
Sorry, should be "Heat Lightning".
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Post by chaz » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:52 am

Next is "The Narrows" by Michael Connelly.
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Post by BlueEars » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:16 pm

Read Daniel Silva, The Unlikely Spy: German female deep cover agent in England tries to steal secrets of coming Allied invasion. British former professor at MI5 works to stop agents.

And yes, the Allies did win the war.

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Post by gkaplan » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:39 pm

P. D. James' Devices and Desires
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Post by Fletch » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:13 pm

The Disciple by Stephen Coonts

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In this new novel by the New York Times bestselling author, Stephen Coonts, Iran is weeks away from acquiring nuclear weapons and has every intention of using them to strike first— only Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton can stop a nuclear nightmare

Iran is much closer to having operational nuclear weapons than the CIA believes, and Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has a plan. Iran will become a martyr nation, and Ahmadinejad will lead the united Muslims of the world in a holy war against the non-believers.

But the Americans have a secret weapon in a group of Iranian dissidents, including a brother and sister determined to avenge the death of their beloved grandfather at the hands of the religious police. They are funneling information to Carmellini. They want to stop the attack before their leader launches a new world war. But will the U.S. government believe the information they are providing, and can the Americans prevent the Israelis from taking matters into their own hands, which could prove disastrous?

Returning to the kind of military and espionage story that made Cuba one of his most successful novels, Coonts weaves an unforgettable tale of men and women at war, with the sort of dramatic military action and undercover technology for which Coonts is known.



About the Author
STEPHEN COONTS is the author of fifteen New York Times bestselling books. A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, he is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law.
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Post by Tall Grass » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:40 pm

This thread is getting soooo long I thought I'd start another to continue our book reviews...look for new thread:

What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART III
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Post by nisiprius » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:26 am

At 1/4 of the way into Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy, by Seth Fletcher, I'm finding it fascinating and willing to recommend it on the basis of what I've read so far.
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