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Since we're talking books....
« on: August 02, 2010, 09:01:36 PM »
I just have to say I've really been into James Patterson, lately. The Alex Cross series, namely. What a great series! Been having a lot of time to read lately, in airports, and on planes. Right now I am in the middle of Four Blind Mice. I think the best so far though, is Double Cross.
  I should also mention Nelson DeMille. Anything of his with John Corey is great! The Lion's Game was one of the best books I've read yet (right up there with any of them in The Lonesome Dove series) The Lion just came out, and I can't wait to read it.
 
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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010, 04:56:59 AM »

  I should also mention Nelson DeMille. Anything of his with John Corey is great! The Lion's Game was one of the best books I've read yet (right up there with any of them in The Lonesome Dove series) The Lion just came out, and I can't wait to read it.
 

Yeah, those are entertaining.  Didn't realize there was a new one out.  I'll be getting that soon!
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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010, 06:56:46 AM »
Yeah, those are entertaining.  Didn't realize there was a new one out.  I'll be getting that soon!

Be sure you've read "The Lion's Game", before tyou read "The Lion".
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010, 08:18:21 AM »
I've read all of the John Corey books so far.
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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010, 10:19:24 AM »
My wife has been reading James Patterson lately, she describes them as roughly equivalent to a CSI type TV show or crime drama movie.

I however am still stuck on the more obscure Wodehouse stuff.  Just finished up "Uncle Fred in Springtime" and "A Few Quick Ones" nearly done.

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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010, 12:23:04 PM »
Wodehouse's Wooster & Jeeves stories are hilarious.  You can get some of them thru PBS, as the BBC did an adaptation back in the 80's.  Wooster is played by the guy who now stars as Dr. House.

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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2010, 01:12:00 PM »
Fry and Laurie (as Jeeves, and B. Wooster, respectively) did do the best screen adaptations, definitely.  I think those were done not for the BBC but for some other network, whose name escapes me...ah well.  Masterful though...the empty-headed but likable twit was played perfectly by Hugh Laurie, and in general the whole thing was superbly pieced together, shot, and scored.  Got the whole set on DVD.  A lot of excellent supporting actors/characters, as well.

The only disadvantage to the video series is that the internal monologue of Bertie's narration must be abandoned, which leaves out a not insubstantial source of humor. 

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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2010, 07:11:23 PM »
Wodehouse's Wooster & Jeeves stories are hilarious. 

Did someone say hilarious? I love hilarious! Just might have to check this out.
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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2010, 08:57:29 AM »
It's hard to beat Wodehouse for dry British humor with a slapstick side to it.  I own the DVD set of Wooster and Jeeves (Stephen Fry as Jeeves is too much!) and find myself watching it over and over again.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2010, 09:22:01 AM »
Yeah, its not really "hilarious" at least in the typical American sense.  But quite amusing...he wrote 90 books, so as one might expect there are occasional plot recyclings, but I rather enjoy the stereotypes that arise.  The Aunts, of course, representing the powerful ruling elite, both in the Jeeves line and in the Blandings castle series, to which I've more recently become addicted.  The Psmith series is one of my favorites...Psmith himself is like an early prototype fusing both Jeeves and Bertie, a bit...the calm, well-spoken intellect of Jeeves with the social butterfly, suave boulevardier aspects of Bertie.

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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2010, 10:47:09 AM »
Last year I was looking for something a little different so I tried Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy and Blood Meridian.  All four of them get a little slow at times but that is fitting for their western style.  In the end I found them all very enjoyable.
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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2010, 10:58:25 AM »
I read "The Road" last year and man did I need to read something lightweight, fluffy and fun after that.
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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2010, 11:16:40 AM »
You want lightweight, fluffy and fun summer reading?  Try some of Kinky Freidman's detective books!
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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2010, 11:40:03 AM »
After reading Ted Bell I just couldn't get into Patterson for some reason. I wonder if that works the other way around. If you're ever in Boise, I have the first three books from the Hawke series you can borrow. You can also drink some beer if you want. :)

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Re: Since we're talking books....
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2010, 11:41:49 AM »
I read "The Road" last year and man did I need to read something lightweight, fluffy and fun after that.

"The Road" is a good read, but definitely does not give you warm fuzzies.
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