What book are you reading or what book did you last read

  • chameleon

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    Aug 26, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    Anathem by Neal Stephenson
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    Aug 26, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    I just finished "Darkness at Noon" by Arthur Koestler.

    I'm in the middle of the uncensored, reconstructed first edition of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," which isn't as good as I had expected. The characters seem like excuses for Wilde's quips and aphorisms.

    I'm also working on "History and Community: Norman Historical Writing in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries."

    People who have read "Heart of Darkness" would probably be interested in Adam Hochschild's "King Leopold's Ghost." It's about the Belgian colonization of the Congo, and mentions Conrad's time working there.
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    Aug 26, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    the blaue reiter almanac
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    Death At Sea World, by David Kirby (non-fiction, "the dark side of killer whales in captivity")

    The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars by Michael Mann (written by a leading climatologist)

    Rather Unspoken, My Life In The News, by Dan Rather
  • spacemagic

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    Aug 26, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    Black House by Stephen King. I've read it before, but I love it.
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:06 PM GMT
    Barcelona-Robert Hughes
    Paris 1945-Artemis Cooper

    and just finished for the second time 'Jose Clemente Orozco in The United States 1927-1934'....
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    Right now I am reading 50 shades of grey. I dont understand what the fuss is all about. A good book worth reading is Call me by your name. I couldn't put that one down.
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:11 PM GMT
    Just finished Irwin's "in one person" and was very disappointed in it. It is a frustrating and unsatisfactory read, because the 'hero' has absolutely no initiative.

    First of all, his ADHD writing style drove me up a wall for the first couple of chapters. His main character is super passive, for the whole book he's only reacting to what other people do, how they treat him and what they want from him. And since the character's youth is set around 1960, most of his friends and enemies can conveniently die of Aids in the 80s, giving him more drama to react to or not. At the beginning the main character had so much promise, thanks to a very colorful family and his sexual proclivities, but Irwin goes absolutely nowhere with it.
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:13 PM GMT
    Kyle1989 saidRight now I am reading 50 shades of grey. I dont understand what the fuss is all about. A good book worth reading is Call me by your name. I couldn't put that one down.

    Call me by your name is marvelous. I absolutely loved the book, except for the last chapter, where all the romance from earlier in the book turns sour.
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    MikeOnMain said

    I'm in the middle of the uncensored, reconstructed first edition of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," which isn't as good as I had expected. The characters seem like excuses for Wilde's quips and aphorisms.

    I just bought this, as my book group will read it for one of the upcoming months. I hope Wilde's quips will make it a fun read at least.
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    "Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. Can't....put....it....down.....
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    Lives by Plutarch
  • timcity2000

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    Aug 26, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    game of thrones - clash of kings
  • GWriter

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    Aug 26, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:49 PM GMT

    Just finished The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The language in it is beautiful.

    I've just started reading American Savior by Roland Merullo. It's a novel about Jesus Christ running for president. It's entertaining and thoughtful.

    My usual fare is historical biography and nonfiction, but I'm enjoying this late summertime detour to fiction.
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    Aug 26, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    I just finished "The Ares Decision', a series created by Robert Ludlum but written by Kyle Mills. I find the Ludlum books that are written by other authors to be equal to Ludlum for story but better written.

    Before that was 'The Road Home' by Michael Thomas Ford. It's the fictional story of a gay man that is involved in a car accident near his current home in Boston but forced to recover at the home he grew up in in rural Vermont and his "coming to terms with who he is, what he wants out of life, and where he belongs - and the complex, surprising path that finally takes him there."
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    Aug 26, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    Just read Leon und Louise, by the Swiss writer Alex Capus. Nice to read a novel in German again. Up next, Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (of Cold Mountain fame).

    I've always got a stack of books on my nightstand and feel at a loss when I don't have a good read going.
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    Aug 26, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    I just finished "Cloud Atlas" (they are releasing the film adaptation in October) and its become one of my favorite books of all time. It's a bit complex but if you like to be kept in the dark and like slow reveals its wonderful. It's fiction.

    This is one of my favorite quotes from Cloud Atlas:

    "Glass and Peace alike betray proof of fragility under repeated blows."
    How beautiful is that!

    Now I'm on book three of Game of Thrones. Epic!
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    Aug 26, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    I'm reading The lovely bones in English and I love it, of course it's better than the movie
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    Aug 26, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    Just about done with, "The Once And Future King" by White.
    Have been enjoying it since chapter 1 icon_cool.gif

    Tristan
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    Aug 26, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    Something Like Summer - for the 2nd time. Check out Jay Bell books, you will love them. This book is soon to be a movie.
  • O5vx

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    Aug 26, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    MikeOnMain saidI just finished "Darkness at Noon" by Arthur Koestler.

    I'm in the middle of the uncensored, reconstructed first edition of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," which isn't as good as I had expected. The characters seem like excuses for Wilde's quips and aphorisms.

    I'm also working on "History and Community: Norman Historical Writing in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries."

    People who have read "Heart of Darkness" would probably be interested in Adam Hochschild's "King Leopold's Ghost." It's about the Belgian colonization of the Congo, and mentions Conrad's time working there.


    We read that in class last semester, it was interesting.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Aug 26, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    This is what I'm currently reading and it is FANTASTIC. It's a MUST READ for everyone:

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  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Aug 26, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    Currently reading "President Nixon:Alone in the White House" by Richard Reeves for the third time. Before that it was "Submission of Recorded Presidential Conversations To the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives by President Richard Nixon April 30,1974". What a summer icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 26, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    I just finished "Atlas Shrugged"

    Now I'm reading "Failure is Not An Option" by Gene Kranz.