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A book thread? A book thread!
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:07:31 AM »
There are threads for games, movies, coffee, beer, cars, basketball, tech stuff, funny stuff, random purchases, umd's existential approach to commerce, and VL's life choices. Nothing for books.

What are you folks reading?
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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 09:30:30 AM »
April 14th? You people need to read more.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013, 09:54:13 AM »
zomg a book thread.  :o :wha:

James Patterson's Alex Cross, Run was one of my recent reads. I like James Patterson....it's like junk food in a book - I love truly intellectual books, but junk food books are good for those nights when you can't sleep but aren't completely functional.

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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013, 10:12:57 AM »
junk food books are good for those nights when you can't sleep but aren't completely functional.


They're also good slump busters after not reading for awhile.

I just tore through Ben Winters's The Last Policeman. It's about a police detective trying to figure out if a death was a suicide or a murder. Sort of. This is pretty straightforward and actually would be a junk food book if it weren't for the background elements: it takes place in the late winter/early spring, about seven months before an asteroid (dinosaur killer size) is about to slam into the Earth. The plot hangs there as an excuse to explore people just completely unspooling and all the weird coping mechanisms people have/how they react to what one character describes as, "unbearable certainty." Good stuff. One of those books where you can just bounce along with the plot, or pay close attention to subtle character work and background elements and get a serious brain cramp. The book is aching for critical examination.

And now my eyes are crossed because I just figured out a way to crack the text open PoCo style with Franz Fanon.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013, 12:10:52 PM »
so if you guys like fantasy/adventure stuff, must-read Patrick Rothfuss. He's really, really, good.


currently reading the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, on the recommendation of Rothfuss, who claimed this series as his favorite. It's also excellent.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2013, 10:13:27 PM »
so if you guys like fantasy/adventure stuff, must-read Patrick Rothfuss. He's really, really, good.


currently reading the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, on the recommendation of Rothfuss, who claimed this series as his favorite. It's also excellent.


A friend gave me a Rothfuss book, but I loaned it to my girlfriend's cousin without reading it and haven't seen it since. I'll have to track it down.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2013, 04:58:45 PM »
I rarely read books. Maybe I'll try that Last Policeman one though, sounds interesting. I'll check the library.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 05:11:38 PM »
   
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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2013, 08:34:32 AM »
Just tore through Ogilvy on Advertising. Suggested alternate subtitle: "Cranky-pants father of modern advertising thoughtfully yells at people."

I was a little skeptical at first, but I was ultimately impressed.

For bonus points, I suggest reading it alongside Fritz Leiber's short story "Smoke Ghost" and wonder what sort of bar fight these two would have gotten into.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2013, 02:16:27 PM »
You hateful Southerners and your diatribes.


Just read some Clive Cussler throwaway where the good guys win and get the girl in the end.  Even when they were killing the unjust they kept a positive mental dialogue.  Why would you want anything less stimulating and uplifting in your free time?

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2013, 02:39:31 PM »
Born in Ireland, raised in Chicago. I just live here, man.

There's a passage in Hamilton's The Secret Race where he talks about Armstrong drunkenly yelling at him in a bar in Colorado. As I read that, my mind went to a scene from a Clive Cussler book where he busts through the floor in a Colorado bar in a teal wet suit after rescuing a leggy scientist from terrorists in an abandoned mine. I combined them and the world got a little better.

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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2013, 11:24:21 PM »
Just finished Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts on my flight back from California. I immediately felt a pressing need to not be alone with my thoughts. Go read it some time. It's about a guy with big holes in his memory, essentially a sort of global amnesia where he knows how to function, but nothing of his life. It's because he's being stalked through the currents and eddies of thought and ideas by a conceptual shark.

You randomly turn the page and see things like this.


The book does the nearly impossible, which is to say, it has a bit of a gimmick, but it's astoundingly good at the same time.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2013, 10:52:25 AM »
The Raw Shark Texts


I enjoyed that one, although anti-spoiler, when you think you have 1/3 of the book left, surprise!  It's actually almost over.




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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2013, 11:03:59 AM »
Speaking of anti-, have you found any of the un-chapters?