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Mikekoz13 Offline
#251 Posted:
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"Lessons My Father Taught Me" by Michael Reagan
8trackdisco Offline
#252 Posted:
Joined: 11-06-2004
Posts: 48,584
Outlaw Platoon- Sean Parnell.

Non fiction work about an Army infantry unit on the edge of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan.

Have never read anything like it. I've always had an appreciation for the people in the military and the price they pay for our freedoms. This is a deeper dive. The price these people pay during and well after their tours has shaken me.

I'm certainly not "enjoying" the book. It feels the smallest bit like a year long deployment.

-I looked forward to it.
-A third of the way through, I wondered what I got myself into.
-As disturbing as it is, I need to just put my head down and power through to the end.

My understanding of PTSD is greatly increased.

Still, I'm sure I don't even remotely have a clue.
Plowboy221 Offline
#253 Posted:
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Posts: 2,674
The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
MACS Offline
#254 Posted:
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Just finished "The Warded Man" by Peter Brett. This book was so good I powered through 450 pages in a week.

Currently reading "Brayan's Gold/The Great Bazaar" by Brett. Two short stories, already done with the first.

On tap: "The Desert Spear" by Brett. On my night stand, waiting in line...
riverdog Offline
#255 Posted:
Joined: 03-28-2008
Posts: 2,600
Just finished "Grapes of Wrath" for the first time. Never read it in school. What a powerful, powerful book. I'd of grown up even more of a commie, red, pinko libtard than I already am if I'd read it in my formative years.;-o
jjanecka Offline
#256 Posted:
Joined: 12-08-2015
Posts: 3,017
I liked that flowers for Algernon story alot. It was about this big retarded mutant that they performed brain surgery on who became a genius and then later on in a race for time he becomes a retard again. Kinda reminds me of that point in my life right before I started drinking.
frankj1 Offline
#257 Posted:
Joined: 02-08-2007
Posts: 17,455
riverdog wrote:
Just finished "Grapes of Wrath" for the first time. Never read it in school. What a powerful, powerful book. I'd of grown up even more of a commie, red, pinko libtard than I already am if I'd read it in my formative years.;-o

well I read it in school and I'm...

never mind.
rumraider Offline
#258 Posted:
Joined: 08-05-2012
Posts: 682
8trackdisco wrote:
Fahrenheit 451.

About halfway home; reading the book and seeing many similarities to what Bradbury predicted in 1953.

If you havent read "Brave New World" by Huxley, it's worth the time. The first 25 pages or so are tough to get through but then it takes off and you're hooked. It's amazing that he predicted stuff so long ago that we still are watching to see if it comes true. Just the theme of the rise of technology and the question of whether it is better to have little control over your decisions and be happy vs self determnation and being able to make yourself miserable with bad decisions is worth pondering
drnos Offline
#259 Posted:
Joined: 10-29-2003
Posts: 2,670
riverdog wrote:
Just finished "Grapes of Wrath" for the first time. Never read it in school. What a powerful, powerful book. I'd of grown up even more of a commie, red, pinko libtard than I already am if I'd read it in my formative years.;-o


Great book!

I did read it in high school, but there's no way any 16 year old can grasp the pathos. I got so much more out of re-reading it last year.

I'm now re- reading Two Years Before the Mast for its description of 1830s California.
KingoftheCove Offline
#260 Posted:
Joined: 10-08-2011
Posts: 3,955
Just finished "No Country For Old Men".......in a day......great read.
Kinda glad I saw the movie first..........the other way around?.....I woulda been bummed about the movie.
riverdog Offline
#261 Posted:
Joined: 03-28-2008
Posts: 2,600
frankj1 wrote:
well I read it in school and I'm...

never mind.


Herfing
riverdog Offline
#262 Posted:
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Posts: 2,600
drnos wrote:
Great book!

I did read it in high school, but there's no way any 16 year old can grasp the pathos. I got so much more out of re-reading it last year.

I'm now re- reading Two Years Before the Mast for its description of 1830s California.


Agreed. Some of the greatest characters ever - Ma Joad, Tom Joad, the preacher.......
riverdog Offline
#263 Posted:
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KingoftheCove wrote:
Just finished "No Country For Old Men".......in a day......great read.
Kinda glad I saw the movie first..........the other way around?.....I woulda been bummed about the movie.

The scope of McCarthy's novels is beyond anything you can capture on film. And he continues to evolve. His early stuff is incredible - Child of God, The Orchard Keeper, Blood Meridian, Suttree....
KingoftheCove Offline
#264 Posted:
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riverdog wrote:
The scope of McCarthy's novels is beyond anything you can capture on film. And he continues to evolve. His early stuff is incredible - Child of God, The Orchard Keeper, Blood Meridian, Suttree....

Just started Blood Meridian.............good so far........still getting used to his style of prose, and the unorthodox manner in which he chooses to punctuate dialog........or more accurately, doesn't punctuate dialog.
frankj1 Offline
#265 Posted:
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riverdog wrote:
Agreed. Some of the greatest characters ever - Ma Joad, Tom Joad, the preacher.......

Henry Fonda.
riverdog Offline
#266 Posted:
Joined: 03-28-2008
Posts: 2,600
KingoftheCove wrote:
Just started Blood Meridian.............good so far........still getting used to his style of prose, and the unorthodox manner in which he chooses to punctuate dialog........or more accurately, doesn't punctuate dialog.

Heheheh, try Peter Matthiessen's "Far Tortuga" if you want to forego punctuation.Herfing
Mr. Jones Offline
#267 Posted:
Joined: 06-12-2005
Posts: 8,886
A paperback...

I "picked up" in the outlet bin area of the Ashville,
NC, GOODWILL....

IT BE CALLED...

"Mad Dogs"

Famous action author...
I think he wrote " Three Days of the Condor"

Max Von Sydow:
.....it will happen like this...someday...
Your walking along a street...
And someone..you know very well...will pull over and
WILL open the car door and offer you a lift...
frankj1 Offline
#268 Posted:
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Posts: 17,455
riverdog wrote:
Heheheh, try Peter Matthiessen's "Far Tortuga" if you want to forego punctuation.Herfing

or Gabriel Garcia Marquez's The Autumn of the Patriarch. Commas, but not may periods, and I don't recall one paragraph break.
MACS Offline
#269 Posted:
Joined: 02-26-2004
Posts: 61,091
frankj1 wrote:
or Gabriel Garcia Marquez's The Autumn of the Patriarch. Commas, but not may periods, and I don't recall one paragraph break.


That would drive me batsh*t crazy, and make me want to hunt him down and slap him senseless.

Started 'The Desert Spear' by Peter Brett last night.

Anyone who appreciates fantasy should read 2 series: The Deathgate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind.
riverdog Offline
#270 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
or Gabriel Garcia Marquez's The Autumn of the Patriarch. Commas, but not may periods, and I don't recall one paragraph break.

I may give it a shot. I'll give it 75 pages.Beer
frankj1 Offline
#271 Posted:
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riverdog wrote:
I may give it a shot. I'll give it 75 pages.Beer

it was really a grind. I only read it because I loved his writing style with long, detailed descriptive sentences in the first few I read...Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. They were much better IMHO.

frankj1 Offline
#272 Posted:
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Also, The General in His Labyrinth (sort of about Bolivar) was a better read by far.
frankj1 Offline
#273 Posted:
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unless you love a stream of consciousness streaming from an insane mind.
riverdog Offline
#274 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
unless you love a stream of consciousness streaming from an insane mind.

The only thing of his I've read is 'Hundred Years' and enjoyed that. Stream of consciousness from an insane mind... I still re and re-read Dylan Thomas poetry and short fiction.Herfing
chazbo Offline
#275 Posted:
Joined: 01-21-2007
Posts: 7,565
Just finished, The road to little dribbling, by Bill Bryson
About his travels through Britian
8trackdisco Offline
#276 Posted:
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The Rivals Game.
frankj1 Offline
#277 Posted:
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riverdog wrote:
The only thing of his I've read is 'Hundred Years' and enjoyed that. Stream of consciousness from an insane mind... I still re and re-read Dylan Thomas poetry and short fiction.Herfing

if you read 100 years and liked it, go for Love in the Time . At least you won't have to try to keep a few generations of families straight...just 51 years of one guy in love.

I don't really read much these days, at least not much literature, and was never a "best seller list" reader. The last few years I've read about Cod, the Dust Bowl, and the Boston Molasses Flood...but for years it was about the author's sentence construction and detail, and Marquez just blew my mind. No one ever walked up a staircase, they ascended the structure while the intoxicating aroma of the almond trees competed with the dank mustiness off the bogs that rode in with the southeasterly breezes that announced April in a way that...........

and all the character was doing was going to his bedroom!

too tedious for anyone other than word freaks.
Choooch Offline
#278 Posted:
Joined: 04-30-2016
Posts: 175
Speaking of tedious, finally finished Moby ******.

Now it's time for something easy- Italy, A Short History by Harry Hearder. Gotta learn about the motherland.
Mr. Jones Offline
#279 Posted:
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Posts: 8,886
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

By Phillip K. D#ck
riverdog Offline
#280 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
if you read 100 years and liked it, go for Love in the Time . At least you won't have to try to keep a few generations of families straight...just 51 years of one guy in love.

I don't really read much these days, at least not much literature, and was never a "best seller list" reader. The last few years I've read about Cod, the Dust Bowl, and the Boston Molasses Flood...but for years it was about the author's sentence construction and detail, and Marquez just blew my mind. No one ever walked up a staircase, they ascended the structure while the intoxicating aroma of the almond trees competed with the dank mustiness off the bogs that rode in with the southeasterly breezes that announced April in a way that...........

and all the character was doing was going to his bedroom!

too tedious for anyone other than word freaks.


Sorry Frank. Just saw this response. Words and language and the way they fit is a funny thing. I almost blew off reading Marquez at all as he was recommended to me by the same person who recommended Paulo Coelho. After several attempts at reading The Alchemist I gave up on it as something that just didn't work for me. On the other hand it took several starts on Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom to get past page 70... and when I did I loved it. Go figure.Herfing
Bur Offline
#281 Posted:
Joined: 07-31-2012
Posts: 5,343
Same for me with the Tolkien Lord of the Rings Trilogy. After two previous attempts that never made it past a few pages into The Two Towers if that far, last summer I decided to give it one more go.

Re-read Hobbit for the fourth time, in something like two days.

Checked out the Trilogy, and BOOM read all three in less than two weeks. Couldn't put them down.

BTW never seen ANY TV shows or movies made out of the books, not sure they would work for me.

Just finished "The Richest Man in Babylon" by George Classon. A classic on basic personal finance, if you like allegories. If you want a handbook type guide, it won't be for you.
8trackdisco Offline
#282 Posted:
Joined: 11-06-2004
Posts: 48,584
Hitler's Children.

Follows the lives of the children of the Nazi war criminals.
dkeage Offline
#283 Posted:
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The Jealous Kind

James Lee Burke
gummy jones Offline
#284 Posted:
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some suggestions for the idle

http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2016/09/14/election-year-books-n2216610
cameroon Offline
#285 Posted:
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Dogs of War, FF. Oldie but a goodie
tailgater Offline
#286 Posted:
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I'm reading on my Kindle.

So I have no friggin idea what I'm actually reading.

Honest.
It's a huge issue with me.
There is no book cover to see, no author's name to read. Just the last bookmarked page to automatically open to.

I'll finish a book without knowing the name or author.

frankj1 Offline
#287 Posted:
Joined: 02-08-2007
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tailgater wrote:
I'm reading on my Kindle.

So I have no friggin idea what I'm actually reading.

Honest.
It's a huge issue with me.
There is no book cover to see, no author's name to read. Just the last bookmarked page to automatically open to.

I'll finish a book without knowing the name or author.


even the pictures don't give it away?
tailgater Offline
#288 Posted:
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Posts: 19,783
frankj1 wrote:
even the pictures don't give it away?


Can't tell Jane from D1ck.


frankj1 Offline
#289 Posted:
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did ya take the day off Joe?
Speyside Offline
#290 Posted:
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Principles of Philosophy, Rene Descartes.
riverdog Offline
#291 Posted:
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Honey from the Lion - Matthew Null, outstanding first novel, historical look at WVa at turn of century, timber barons, labor unions, natural history.....
8trackdisco Offline
#292 Posted:
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True Evil. Greg Iles.

Not nearly in the ball park of Quiet Game or Turning Angel. Overall.... Meh for 500 pages with a decent ending.
Choooch Offline
#293 Posted:
Joined: 04-30-2016
Posts: 175
Ham on Rye
Factotum
Post Office

All by Charles Bukowski.
love his direct style. Words like fists.
dkeage Offline
#294 Posted:
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Posts: 13,077
8trackdisco wrote:
True Evil. Greg Iles.

Not nearly in the ball park of Quiet Game or Turning Angel. Overall.... Meh for 500 pages with a decent ending.

The final book in his Trilogy comes out in March....


Night School. Lee Child. Meh
MACS Offline
#295 Posted:
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I read all the Demon Cycle books by Peter V Brett. The final book, infuriatingly, is still being written.

I am now onto Brent Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy. Quite interesting so far.
Bur Offline
#296 Posted:
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About seven books at once, and all over the map-Christian devotionals, zen and yoga guides, finance, personal development, shop manual for the bike.....

And yes, I've read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" twice, and the sequel once. It's even trippier
thurson Offline
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The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown.

Being a fan of U Dub athletics, and rowing in particular, it was a must read for me.
chazbo Offline
#298 Posted:
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thurson wrote:
The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown.

Being a fan of U Dub athletics, and rowing in particular, it was a must read for me.

That was a awesome book. Loved itApplause
8trackdisco Offline
#299 Posted:
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The Count of Monte Cristo.

I'm in deep water now, with a long way to go.
qmech Offline
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Why Jesus by Ravi Zacharias good read for non Christian and Christian alike..
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