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Anybody read books? I do.

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Rich, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Jun 20, 2013 #81 of 456
    Rich

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    If you like dogs and cop stories, you can't find a better read than Robert Crais' newest book Suspect.

    Just finished it last night. Magnificent.

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  2. Jun 21, 2013 #82 of 456
    dpeters11

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    I recently finished Inferno, Dan Brown's fourth and latest Robert Langdon thriller. I give it a big :up:.


    I generally enjoyed it, but was a bit let down by the ending.
     
  3. Jun 21, 2013 #83 of 456
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    Books are an interesting topic, I have always been an avid reader but since I got an iPad and the Kindle app I have not bought a single physical book. For a book recommendation I will give one not too well known, The Awakened and Wandering Stars by Jason Tesar. Both are series, The Awakened has had books 1 through 4 published and Wandering Stars had has book 1 published. Jason does a masterful blending of the genres of fantasy and sci-fi with it getting into military fiction lightly in the first volumes and much more heavily in volume 4.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2013 #84 of 456
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    The most recent book I completed, admittedly on my iPad via the Kindle App, was Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. The first edition was published in 1999 and as I read it on my iPad I wondered how I missed it back then. For me it was the best read since I read Joseph Heller'sCatch-22 in the early 1960's.

    At 918 pages, Cryptonomicon is not for everyone. It really is two stories - one set in WWII focused on code-breaking and the other is about the evolving internet in the late 1990's - that come together at the end involving the grandchildren of some of the key WWII characters. It has it's own Wikipedia site here.

    Both periods are now history which makes it a fascinating read being a member of the generation between - a child of a WWII vet and a parent with kids in the generation of characters in the 1990's.

    It has a subtext and major story arc related to computing, but the WWII generation is depicted with the same kind of humor and sarcasm found in Catch-22.

    It is a long book and you have to be a patient reader. But it is very well written.
     
  5. Jun 22, 2013 #85 of 456
    Rich

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    I've met very few people who read as much as I do. But I never buy books, I can walk to my library. I can't imagine how much it would cost me a year if I bought every book I read.

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  6. Jun 22, 2013 #86 of 456
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    Much like Elmore Leonard, I can't read Joseph Heller. I've tried reading Catch-22 several times and I just end up staring at the same page. Just me, I guess.

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    Rich

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    I read about 175 pages and couldn't take it anymore. Far too descriptive. If I wanted to know about every tree in Florence, I'd go there. Very disappointed. This about Inferno.

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  11. Jul 31, 2013 #91 of 456
    lparsons21

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    I read incessantly though I don't buy many actual books these days. Like others I have tech readers for all of it. iPad Mini, Nook HD, Nook HD+, Nook Simple Touch, all usually with different books open on them.

    My current read is the 5 book compendium of Game of Thrones and a couple of other minor titles.

    Just finished Grass by Sherri S. Tepper which is an older scifi book that I had read many years ago when it came out. If you like scifi, you'll like Grass imo.

    One thing that has been a big plus since I shifted to all ebooks is the plethora of free books. Many from very unknown authors that turn out to be jewels, and of course the stinkers are there too. Lots of older stuff by established authors show up free quite often too. And I really like that many of the multi-volume stories often start with the 1st one either free or practically so.
     
  12. Aug 11, 2013 #92 of 456
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    Could not read it completely but yeah i read suspect and its a nice book
     
  13. Aug 11, 2013 #93 of 456
    Rich

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    I've been binging on Robert Crais. I only have a couple more to go. Almost 20 books and I wish there were more.

    I keep mining this thread for more books.

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    Currently reading Inspector Morse: The First Three Novel by Colin Dexter.
     
  15. Aug 23, 2013 #95 of 456
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    I just finished Carl Hiaasen's newest book Bad Monkey. At least this one was readable. Funny? Hey, that's what he's known for, right? NOT FUNNY! Not once did I chuckle while reading it. Seems as if he wrote it because he had to.

    To put it in perspective, if it wasn't a book by Hiaasen, it would be a decent read, but I expected more from him than I got. He used to be fall-off-your-chair funny and that seems to be gone if this book and the one preceding it are what he's gonna be writing from now on.

    On a positive note, Tim Dorsey's newest book will be out in January and he's gotta be the king of amusing books set in Florida.

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    I just finished Island 731, by Jeremy Robinson. I would not recommend this book to anybody, I'm sorry I wasted my time on it.

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    Rich, it's not so bad. Before I learned all the ramifications, I got started on L. Ron Hubbard's "Mission Earth" series. Yeah, I was young and I was also a "completist" - I couldn't stop in the middle of a series - I *had* to finish it. I had no idea about who "Bridge Publications" really was. That experience at least broke me of that bad habit.
     
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    I started to put it down halfway thru. The author had a good idea and I was curious to see how it all worked out. Turned out not to be worth the effort. I usually don't have a problem giving up on a book.

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  19. Aug 27, 2013 #99 of 456
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    I read Cryptonomicon...it made my brain hurt. Howerver, I really enjoyed Snow Crash and Diamond Age.
     
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    My current book is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, she wrote Gone Girl which I haven't read, but intend too. I'm about halfway through and it is very dark...the story is about a girl that survives the murder of her family (at 7 years old) by her 'devil worshiping' brother, so far really good.

    I read alot as well, I have a Kindle, I buy some (love the Kindle Daily Deals), borrow some from the library, I read some on my iPad. I check books out at the library and sometimes I buy them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble...
     

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