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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #60 on: August 08, 2011, 11:06:04 AM »
If you like modern urban fantasy then just about anything by Tim Powers. BTW the new Pirates of the Caribbean "On Stranger Tides" is based on his book with the same title. A long time coming.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #61 on: August 11, 2011, 08:10:50 AM »
I just read "History of the World in six classes". Goes through history of civilization based on influences of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and coca cola.

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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #62 on: July 02, 2012, 09:52:42 AM »
This one's been quiet for a while now (I'm ignoring the Warning above)  but with vacation etc coming up, I'm wondering what everyone is reading and looking for some good suggestions for the cottage.  Personally, I haven't read much lately.  About time to get back at it.

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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #63 on: July 02, 2012, 10:52:33 AM »
Been into the Jim Harrison novels. Have recently read "Returning to Earth", "The Summer He Didn't Die", and "The Farmer's Daughter".

Recent non-fiction was "To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure" by Henry Petroski. This one goes into failure analysis of major catastrophic events in the last 20 years. One thing I found interesting was his observation that major bridge failures happen about every 30 years. He attributes that to that being the length of a career, and the new engineers have not learned all of the assumptions and limitations of a design family, and it gets pushed past the limits. He speculates that the next major failure will be in a cable stayed bridge or a large stressed concrete bridge. A book written by an engineer, so the engineers on the forum should find it interesting.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #64 on: July 02, 2012, 11:11:33 AM »
I'm reading The Technologists, a Matthew Pearl book about the beginnings of MIT and the "engineering" revolution.  It moves really slowly.......
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #65 on: July 02, 2012, 11:14:44 AM »
I'm about halfway through George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons.  Alan Furst's latest novel, Mission to Paris, is next on my reading list.
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Read any good book lately?
« Reply #66 on: July 02, 2012, 11:43:34 AM »
I've been reading the "Richard Sharpe" series by Bernard Cornwell. Great history epics! Filled with violence and sex set in the time of Napoleon.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #67 on: July 02, 2012, 11:48:21 AM »
just finished a storm of swords(book three of a song of ice and fire/game of thrones).  one of the best books i've read in a long time.  this is a killer series.  just getting into a feast for crows(book four). 

two non fictions that i love: here there and everywhere:  my life recording the music of the beatles by geoff emerick and manhunt: the 12 day chase for lincoln's killer by james l swanson.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #68 on: July 02, 2012, 12:29:32 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.

Read this a little while ago myself.  Funny, but also very real and human...if that makes sense given the material.

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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #69 on: July 02, 2012, 12:33:40 PM »

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - Newish epic fantasy novel. Stumbled across it because he interviewed my favorite "Urban Fantasy" author Jim Butcher at Comic con. (And of course I just tore through "Ghost Story", Book 13 of Butcher's Dresden Files series)


Just finished this and it was so good.  It was everything I want from a fantasy and more. 

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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #70 on: July 02, 2012, 12:41:50 PM »
Just 'read' (mostly audible as I don't have time to sit and really read)

Bossypants - Tina Fey
The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett and someone else I can't remember right now.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #71 on: July 02, 2012, 01:26:02 PM »
I don't have time to sit and really read

I never have time to read in summer...unless I try really hard.

I am gradually reading a few lines of this:

Glutton, demon of destruction, symbol of slaughter, mightiest of wilderness villains…


















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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #72 on: July 02, 2012, 02:03:25 PM »
Just finished Plague Ship yesterday and started Corsair.  Both are from Clive Cussler's Oregon series.

So far it's been a Clive Cussler summer for me.


I read all kinds of technical s*** too, but i do not necessarily reccomend that, unless you have insomnia.
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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #73 on: July 02, 2012, 02:36:24 PM »
Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. 

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Re: Read any good book lately?
« Reply #74 on: July 02, 2012, 06:50:16 PM »
Finished "Dance With Dragons" by George R. R. Martin last week, and this weekend I read an interesting sci-fi book called "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman.
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