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Old 03-28-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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The "What are you reading" thread.

I don't remember ever seeing one of these and figured it might provide some of us readers with good books.

Right now I'm reading "No Easy Day", which is written by a Navy Seal from Seal Team Six that was on the raid on Bin Laden's compound. So far it's an incredible book. Highly recommend. What's great about it is that it's easy for anyone to understand what's going on, even if you know nothing about the military. It's riveting.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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James Alexander Thom, "The Children of First Man." About Prince Madoc of Wales discovering and investigating the new world... Florida, Alabama, Georgia, etc., back around 1170.

Also reading Beekeeping for Dummies. Go figure.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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"Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. He passed on recently, and I last read the book in college. It's definitely worth a second (or first) reading.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:19 PM   #4
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #5
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CFA study materials.

I should study tonight, but I think I will take it off and drink several beers.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
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The Black Company books
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:39 PM   #7
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Finishing up: "Iron Man - My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath" by Tony Iommi.

Next up: A re-reading of "Karamojo Safari" by W.D.M. Bell. He was one of the first "Great White Hunters" in Africa at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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Old 03-28-2013, 10:31 PM   #8
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I really dug those. I'm reading his "Garrett, P.I." books now.

Well, actually, I just finished the first three. Right at the moment I'm reading David Drake's "In the Stormy Red Sky". Sci-fi novel. Part of his RCN series. Entertaining, but it's basically space opera.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:32 PM   #9
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Re-reading "Shadowland" from Peter Straub! After re-reading "The Talisman" and "Black House", I thought I'd reinvestigate what I thought was Straubs best book, before delving (finally) The Dark Tower series. Can you believe I've never read those??
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:37 PM   #10
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I'm slowly working my way through "Ulysses" and an examination of Civil War literature called "Patriotic Gore" by Edmund Wilson. I've been on a history kick lately thanks to Gore Vidal.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:04 PM   #11
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Been keeping a list of what I read this year, just to see where I get to at the end of the year.

1. The Undivided pt 1
2. The Undivided pt 2
3. No Country for Old Men
4. The Difference Engine
5. Wake in Fright
6. The River of Doubt
7. The Pearl
8. Crytonomicon
9. Shot in the Dark
10. Malcolm X - Biography
11. Final Empire
12. The Quiet American

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Habibi
The Invisible Man
Othello
...and some non-Fiction
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:18 PM   #12
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:14 AM   #13
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Best book ever.


Just started American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Just finished Neverwhere by the same.

Before that was If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell. I really enjoyed that.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:17 AM   #14
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:29 AM   #15
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Where the Heart Beats (John Cage biography)
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:43 AM   #16
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Just started American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Just finished Neverwhere by the same.

Before that was If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell. I really enjoyed that.
It sure was something.

American Gods is pretty fucking great.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:31 AM   #17
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Been keeping a list of what I read this year, just to see where I get to at the end of the year.
I've been doing that a little over 10 years now.

I've slowed down already a bit this year due to a lot of factors (coughInternetandvideogamescough), but so far it's been...

Last year:
John Le Carré, Our Kind of Traitor
George F. Kennan, Memoirs 1960-1963
Mark Bowden, Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War With Militant Islam
Robert Wright, Our Man In Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission To Save Six Americans During the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked with the CIA To Bring Them Home
Ion Ţârlea, Moartea pândeşte sub epoleţi: Sibiu ‘89
Pavel Coruţ, Quinta spartă (crappy early 90s polemic trying to be a really crappy sci-fi spy novel)
Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People
Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works
Scott Radnitz, Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protest in Central Asia
Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Matthew J. Bruccoli and Judith S. Baughman, eds., Conversations with John Le Carré
Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Robert Jordan, Knife of Dreams

Gabriel Liiceanu, Jurnalul de la Păltiniş: Un model paideic în cultura humanistă

This year:
John Le Carré, A Perfect Spy (I remember reading at least part of it back around 1988, but not sure if I finished it…it’s superb, regardless)
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

I'm slowly, slowly going through Tolstoy's Anna Karenina on my smart phone, which I started before hearing there was a film coming out.

Also indulging the second to last of the Jordan/Wheel of Time books. Figured I need to finish that series.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:46 AM   #18
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I'm almost finished with World War Z, and also currently reading a bunch of Alan Moore comics if that counts.
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I recently finished Wool and loved it so I'm now reading the second part of the series, The Shift.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:36 AM   #21
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:40 AM   #22
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Just started American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Just finished Neverwhere by the same.

Before that was If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell. I really enjoyed that.
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American Gods is pretty fucking great.
I actually preferred Neverwhere, love that book. One of the few I've read twice.
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I recently finished Wool and loved it so I'm now reading the second part of the series, The Shift.
Let me know what you think about the The Shift. I really liked Wool.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:56 AM   #25
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Let me know what you think about the The Shift. I really liked Wool.
I'm almost done with part 6 (the first part of shift). It's style and progression is pretty much the same as Wool, but this time it's about how the silos were made/managed and splits between 3 people. Diggin it so far.
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I finally read Abe Lincoln vampire hunter.

It was pretty good. Near the end of the book seemed to meander a bit though.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:48 AM   #27
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I just finished up 1Q84. Not a fan - I really think some of the impact that is mean was lost in translation.

Started reading Gone Girl - because it got such good reviews. Quit halfway through. There are RARELY books that do that to me.

I need to start keeping a list myself.

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand - Fucking Excellent
The Graveyard Book - Gaiman
Let's Pretend This Never Happened - Jenny Lawson - one of the funniest books I have ever read
11/22/63 - Stephen King - Loved it
Wind through the Keyhole - King
Fluke - Christopher Moore - I dig anything by this author
The Emperor Series - Iggulden - Loved it
In the Garden of Beasts - Larson - loved it
Night Circus - Morgenstern - really enjoyed this
Under the Dome - Stephen King - meh
The Southern Vampire Series - Harris - this was great for palette cleansing after I finished school
Shadow of the Wind - Zafon - pretty good
Discovery of Witches & Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness - too much goddamned love story

I can't remember what else I've read recently....
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I read the first few of those. Pretty good.
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