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Read any good book lately?
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:07:09 PM »
 Been a while since we had a book thread. Just thought I would check in and see if anyone has come accross some must reads.

  I literally just finished Vince Flynn's "Extreme Measures" like five minutes ago. Very good read. If you haven't read Vince Flyn, do. It was my first by him, and I have two more waiting. Recently, I read "Impact" by Douglas Preston. It was ok. Been powering my way through A bunch of James Patterson. "I Alex Cross" was my last, and "Cross Fire". Both were great. I'm about halfway through Alex Cross's Trial. It's not to bad. And, waiting for me my next trip to Ohio in July, I have "One Second After".
  What's everyone else up to? 
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 05:15:47 PM »
Just got done reading The Poisoner's Handbook - really good historical look in the founding of forensic toxicology in NYC. Really hammers home how dangerous prohibition was due to methyl alcohol poisoning.

Also read Moonlight Mile which is a sort of follow up to Gone Baby Gone.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2011, 05:28:18 PM »
Great idea, it's always nice to see what everyone else is reading.  Here's the last couple that I finished

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen - loved it, humurous and spot on book about life, politics and family/marraige.

Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks - loved it, excellent book about music and the brain authored by an amazing neurologist.  Heavy reading

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks - fast read discussing various odd brain cases, also by the neurologist

The Bread Baker's Apprentice, Peter Reinhart - great bread baking book (light reading)

A Man Without a Country, Kurt Vonnegut - humorous book that you can read in a night or two.  pretty opinionated stuff

Why I Am So Wise, Friedrich Nietzsche - philosophy of sorts, some interesting points

Now I'm working on a half dozen or so books, but none that I'm that impressed with yet.  cheers, j

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2011, 07:24:15 PM »
Not trying to get this locked for religious comments...

Just finished "Lamb" by Christopher Moore.  http://www.chrismoore.com/lamb.html
Pretty funny look at the middle of story most of us know the beginning and end of.

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2011, 07:38:16 PM »
Yes!

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds
Zero History by William Gibson

And I'm reading The Ware Tetrology by Rudy Rucker.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2011, 08:01:03 PM »
I am currently reading The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2011, 09:06:34 PM »
Just finished 'Incognito" by  eagleman(?) about the brain and neuroscience.

Also just finished the Disc world series by terry pratchett, I think at least, it was book 32 or 34 or something, "Making money"
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2011, 09:19:53 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2011, 09:38:45 PM »
Journey of Souls by Micheal Newton

Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda

Just some light reading.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2011, 04:22:00 AM »
The Devil in the White City
Funny you mention that one.  It's the book I plan to start reading on the plane to S.D. tomorrow.

morticaixavier - my wife has every Terry Pratchett book in existence.  I couldn't get into it myself.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2011, 05:29:34 AM »
Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens (http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0307387356) has been excellent. Also currently reading Gregory of Tours' "History of the Franks."
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2011, 07:59:49 AM »
The Devil in the White City
Funny you mention that one.  It's the book I plan to start reading on the plane to S.D. tomorrow.

morticaixavier - my wife has every Terry Pratchett book in existence.  I couldn't get into it myself.

I find that the audible versions are a little more fun, and, at least with the discworld series, it gets much better in the later books. The characters really come alive as he gets to know them better.
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2011, 08:12:22 AM »
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda

The book that got Yes to write and record Tales from Topographic Oceans...

I'm reading through the very early (and thus public domain) Wodehouse novels lately.  Finished "Love Among the Chickens" and now halfway through "A Damsel in Distress".  One of the very best English wordsmiths.

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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2011, 08:54:55 AM »
Been a while since we had a book thread. Just thought I would check in and see if anyone has come accross some must reads.

  I literally just finished Vince Flynn's "Extreme Measures" like five minutes ago. Very good read. If you haven't read Vince Flyn, do. It was my first by him, and I have two more waiting. Recently, I read "Impact" by Douglas Preston. It was ok. Been powering my way through A bunch of James Patterson. "I Alex Cross" was my last, and "Cross Fire". Both were great. I'm about halfway through Alex Cross's Trial. It's not to bad. And, waiting for me my next trip to Ohio in July, I have "One Second After".
  What's everyone else up to? 

Between studying for BJCP exam and the family I hadn't had a chance to read anything for fun in a while till recently.   I read "One Second After" sometime last year and really enjoyed it.  I'll make notes of all the books in this thread and take a look at them, it's hard to find good books that hold my interest. 

Replay by Ken Grimwood
We Almost Lost Detroit by John Fuller
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Waiting for Girl who kicked the hornet's nest in the library hold queue

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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2011, 09:34:32 AM »
Been a while since we had a book thread. Just thought I would check in and see if anyone has come accross some must reads.

  I literally just finished Vince Flynn's "Extreme Measures" like five minutes ago. Very good read. If you haven't read Vince Flyn, do. It was my first by him, and I have two more waiting. Recently, I read "Impact" by Douglas Preston. It was ok. Been powering my way through A bunch of James Patterson. "I Alex Cross" was my last, and "Cross Fire". Both were great. I'm about halfway through Alex Cross's Trial. It's not to bad. And, waiting for me my next trip to Ohio in July, I have "One Second After".
  What's everyone else up to? 

Between studying for BJCP exam and the family I hadn't had a chance to read anything for fun in a while till recently.   I read "One Second After" sometime last year and really enjoyed it.  I'll make notes of all the books in this thread and take a look at them, it's hard to find good books that hold my interest. 

Replay by Ken Grimwood
We Almost Lost Detroit by John Fuller
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Waiting for Girl who kicked the hornet's nest
in the library hold queue

I read those last year.  Very interesting character developments.
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