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3 hours ago, Eephus said:

Finished Killers of the Flower Moon about the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI.  Highly recommended.

Read another Elmore Leonard book because it's my favorite summer reading.  Tishomingo Blues was set around Tunica, MS and featured the Dixie mafia and Civil War reenactors.   It wasn't my favorite Leonard; some of the characters seemed like caricatures but as usual, the dialog snapped.

Switching back to non-fiction, I just started Mark Kurlansky's history of the year 1968.

@Eephus - which Leonard books do you like the best?

I will second the suggestion of Killers of the Flower Moon - great book.  

 

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5 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

@Eephus - which Leonard books do you like the best?

 

La Brava, Swag, Stick, 52 Pickup

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Took a long time, but finally managed my way to finish "Blood Meridian."  I get why some people love it, but just not really for me.  I know I'm in the minority on that one though.

Novel-wise, reading Sally Rooney's Normal People.  The book was released in April and is getting a bit of buzz, with the author being called the "first great millennial author" by the NYT.  Finding it an okay, but unremarkable story, but still early in it.

On the nonfiction side, reading Michelle Obama's Becoming.  Going to tie that together with David Garrow's Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama for my run through the Presidential biographies.  I will have to decide if I want to read Trump after that, or just consider myself done due to reading Bob Woodward's Fear.

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On 2/10/2019 at 7:44 AM, cap'n grunge said:

2019 Books Read:

Jurassic Park - Michael Chricton

City of Endless Night - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Verses for the Dead - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Been really slow with the reading for a while. Latest Pendergast was just OK.

Went for a shorter one next. Just started:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

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So, “The Wheel of Time” series.  Thoughts?   I’m generally not a fantasy reader but GoT changed that a bit and I appreciate epics. Obviously this would be a huge time sink, so just curious to hear from those that have read it. Is it a lot of “Merlin, the high elf of Beauregard summoned his unicorn to fly towards the enchanted forest” or is it a grounded story in a fantasy world?

 

Also this is a bit different, but is Harry Potter worth a read if I’ve never watched the movies but am late 30s in age?  Actually I think I saw one of the movies with Oldman in it, but don’t remember much about it. Someone told me they’re really quick reads, but the story resonates even with adults. 

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Also 2019 books read update on my Stephen King tour...

 

The Stand

11.22.63

The Shining

The Deadzone

Salem’s Lot

and about 1/3 of the way through IT

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also read Silence of the Lambs and Neuromancer. 

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5 minutes ago, bigmarc27 said:

So, “The Wheel of Time” series.  Thoughts?   I’m generally not a fantasy reader but GoT changed that a bit and I appreciate epics. Obviously this would be a huge time sink, so just curious to hear from those that have read it. Is it a lot of “Merlin, the high elf of Beauregard summoned his unicorn to fly towards the enchanted forest” or is it a grounded story in a fantasy world?

 

Also this is a bit different, but is Harry Potter worth a read if I’ve never watched the movies but am late 30s in age?  Actually I think I saw one of the movies with Oldman in it, but don’t remember much about it. Someone told me they’re really quick reads, but the story resonates even with adults. 

I have read both the WOT and the Potter series. I preferred the Potter series - I am 50.

WOT eventually becomes a super-duper-god-like-magic story. It is based heavily in older fantasy series - especially the Arthur myths - and tries to reinterpret them. I liked it on the whole, but I think Potter actually had more depth.

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I loved reading the Harry Potter books.  I read them in my 30s as they were coming out before I had kids.  

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8 minutes ago, SouthJersey said:

At what age should I wait to read Harry Potter with my kids (3 & 5 now)?

They get darker in the middle of the series as the kids grow up in the books.  I think I started the first one with my son when he was about 8 or 9.  

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11 minutes ago, SouthJersey said:

At what age should I wait to read Harry Potter with my kids (3 & 5 now)?

They get darker in the middle of the series as the kids grow up in the books.  I think I started the first one with my son when he was about 8 or 9.  

I think I was 42 or 43. I handled it fine.

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Finished The Shining a few weeks ago and loved it, even though I’ve seen the movie multiple times.

 

I blew through The President is Missing (Patterson/Clinton) in a week. Thought it was a great action thriller. Could’ve skipped the last chapter (or prologue, cant remember which) where it got political.

 

I’m currently reading The Martian. Loved the movie, the book is awesome so far through the first half. Even more geeky than the movie, and possibly more snarky than the character Damon gave us on the big screen.

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New Kindle Oasis announced and I am finally going to upgrade from my my 5 year old Kindle. Not interested in the new Oasis however the 9th Gen is going for $219.99 w/20% off if using  your Amazon CC (which I am). They have a similar deal on the new Paperwhite which is waterproof.  Price of the Oasis will be $175.99 vs $134.99, so is the Oasis worth the extra $40??

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Here is a Chrome extension that shows you if an Amazon book is available at your library.

 

https://www.libraryextension.com/

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Ok, folks.  A free book bonanza here.  Got an email from the mailing list of Will Wight, who in the fantasy author world I put right at #2 behind Sanderson.  All his books are free today, July 4th.  Go grab them!  No lose proposition. (Note the collections aren't free, but the individual books are).  I'm linking to all of them here.

Traveler's Gate Series (his first and awesome, but the first book reads like a first book.)

Book 1, Book 2, Book 3      Book 0 (add on stories)

Elder Empire Series - his masterpiece (not done yet).  Tells the story in 2 books from the 2 sides.  4 books so far, 2 to come.  Unique, brilliant.

Book 1a, Book 1b, Book 2a, Book 2b

Unsouled Series - unique (all of his are), easy reading and a great storyline, his latest.

Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6

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On 3/9/2019 at 8:32 AM, Uruk-Hai said:

Someone above mention Storm Front by Jim Butcher. It's the first in a series, but is self-contained. It's short, has a lot of fantasy elements, and is also a detective novel. 

I enjoy this series (the Dresden Files) immensely. 

As a matter of fact, am in the midst of re-reading it right now. 

He is one of my favorite authors. 

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On 3/12/2019 at 3:49 PM, Judge Smails said:

Just finished the book about Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes, Bad Blood.  Fascinating read, moreso because I'm in the healthcare IT/tech space.

Tell me more, if you would. 

I do healthcare IT as well. 

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1 hour ago, Spike said:

I enjoy this series (the Dresden Files) immensely. 

As a matter of fact, am in the midst of re-reading it right now. 

Hw is one of my favorite authors. 

He needs to get his ### moving with book 2 after the Aeronaut's Windlass, though.

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Just finished The Book Of Illusions by Paul Auster.  Story was kind of meh although he is a very good writer. 

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On 6/19/2019 at 5:07 PM, MindCrime said:

Finished The Shining a few weeks ago and loved it, even though I’ve seen the movie multiple times.

 

I blew through The President is Missing (Patterson/Clinton) in a week. Thought it was a great action thriller. Could’ve skipped the last chapter (or prologue, cant remember which) where it got political.

 

I’m currently reading The Martian. Loved the movie, the book is awesome so far through the first half. Even more geeky than the movie, and possibly more snarky than the character Damon gave us on the big screen.

Loved the Martian, will get to Artemis later this summer.

 Decided to read the novel of another favorite movie: The Hunt for Red October: 1/2 way through and love it.

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4 hours ago, Spike said:

Tell me more, if you would. 

I do healthcare IT as well. 

If you are lazy, there is a good podcast series on this. The dropout. 

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4 hours ago, Sand said:

Ok, folks.  A free book bonanza here.  Got an email from the mailing list of Will Wight, who in the fantasy author world I put right at #2 behind Sanderson.  All his books are free today, July 4th.  Go grab them!  No lose proposition. (Note the collections aren't free, but the individual books are).  I'm linking to all of them here.

Traveler's Gate Series (his first and awesome, but the first book reads like a first book.)

Book 1, Book 2, Book 3      Book 0 (add on stories)

Elder Empire Series - his masterpiece (not done yet).  Tells the story in 2 books from the 2 sides.  4 books so far, 2 to come.  Unique, brilliant.

Book 1a, Book 1b, Book 2a, Book 2b

Unsouled Series - unique (all of his are), easy reading and a great storyline, his latest.

Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6

Thanks for this- always looking for something new to get into. Downloaded them all!

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On 6/19/2019 at 4:07 PM, MindCrime said:

I’m currently reading The Martian. Loved the movie, the book is awesome so far through the first half. Even more geeky than the movie, and possibly more snarky than the character Damon gave us on the big screen.

I work with a bunch of NASA :nerd:s and they all loved The Martian.  The science in it is done incredibly well.

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On 6/6/2019 at 9:16 AM, Don Quixote said:

Novel-wise, reading Sally Rooney's Normal People.  The book was released in April and is getting a bit of buzz, with the author being called the "first great millennial author" by the NYT.  Finding it an okay, but unremarkable story, but still early in it.

On the nonfiction side, reading Michelle Obama's Becoming.  Going to tie that together with David Garrow's Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama for my run through the Presidential biographies.  I will have to decide if I want to read Trump after that, or just consider myself done due to reading Bob Woodward's Fear.

I finished both of these.  I kept my same view of "Normal People" -- not one that I'd run out to read.

Greatly enjoyed Michelle Obama's "Becoming".  Started "Rising Star" -- maybe a bit too bloated.  Checks in at well over 1000 pages.

Also read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" over vacation.  I have never read the Harry Potter books, and decided a beach vacation was a fine time to start.  I can definitely tell geared to a younger audience because she repeats herself a lot, but still an enjoyable read.

My wife bought and read Celeste Ng's "Little Fires Everywhere" and thought I'd give it a go too, as it is seemed to have good reviews.  Not sure if I'll finish it though; writing is a bit too superficial for me.

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Going the GOT route for another series.  Watched S1 of The Expanse, and really liked it.  Now I am reading Leviathan Wakes, the 1st book in the series and I am enjoying that.  The plan is to read the first few books, then hop back into the show.  

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Finished

1968 by Mark Kurlansky (non-fiction) Fascinating popular history about the revolution and reaction of 51 years ago.

Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz (fiction) The most recent 007 continuation novel that's a pre-Casino Royale prequel set during the early 50s.  Horowitz mimics Ian Fleming's style pretty well and his Bond nails the character but I found the book kind of dull, which is a cardinal sin for a thriller.

Started:

AI Superpowers:  China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee (non-fiction)  Extremely provocative book by a Taiwanese subject-matter expert who argues that China is best-positioned to capitalize on the growth of artificial intelligence.

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On 7/4/2019 at 1:03 PM, neal cassady said:

Just finished The Book Of Illusions by Paul Auster.  Story was kind of meh although he is a very good writer. 

Oh man.  I get this in a way; there are some writers who are better as writers than as storytellers (Michael Chabon comes immediately to mind), but I just appreciate the writing so much that I overlook it a bit.  Auster fits into that category.  Yes, I wish it were both compelling storytelling and amazing writing, but the latter carries it to the point I'm blown away anyway.

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Yes, I was blown away enough to know I’ll be picking up another of his novels soon..probably Leviathan.  

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4 hours ago, neal cassady said:

Yes, I was blown away enough to know I’ll be picking up another of his novels soon..probably Leviathan.  

I recommend the New York Trilogy.

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11 hours ago, neal cassady said:

Yes, I was blown away enough to know I’ll be picking up another of his novels soon..probably Leviathan.  

 

6 hours ago, krista4 said:

I recommend the New York Trilogy.

I really like City of Glass but never finished the trilogy. I should pick-up Ghosts from the library 

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11 hours ago, krista4 said:

I recommend the New York Trilogy.

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5 hours ago, MindCrime said:

Now I've moved on to Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Superb book.  

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I had a pre-order in for Colson Whitehead's new novel, The Nickel Boys.  It is out today.  I'm looking forward to diving into it.  Reviews are up there with those for his last novel, "The Underground Railroad," which won the Pulitzer.

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A Brightness Long ago. Another terrific book by Guy Gavriel Kay. Almost as good as Lions of al rasaan.

 

 

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I am reading 11/22/63 and it is really good.  It is really different for a novel by King.  I really liked how he incorporated some of the characters from Derry during the time Pennywise was causing all kinds of grief.

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Got my son 1-3 of Wheel of Time series.  He read Eye of the World and loved it.  So I am following him in the series.  100 pages into Eye and it is great.  Not Lord of the Rings.  Not Game of Thrones.  It is great in its own right.  Wheel of Time.  Read it.  Love it.  Live it.

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Prime Reading - Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferris

Prime Reading - The Internet of Money, Andrea's Antonopoulos

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (all novels & stories in one volume), Arthur Conan Doyle

I have a few other ebooks open, including more Prime Reading books. The Sherlock Holmes set above was $1.99. It's truly amazing how little it cost to read. Not to mention the library system online. 

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8 hours ago, facook said:

Got my son 1-3 of Wheel of Time series.  He read Eye of the World and loved it.  So I am following him in the series.  100 pages into Eye and it is great.  Not Lord of the Rings.  Not Game of Thrones.  It is great in its own right.  Wheel of Time.  Read it.  Love it.  Live it.

When I began this series years and years ago I loved it, was certain it would be my new all time favorite fantasy series. Somewhere around volume 5 (can’t remember which volume for certain) it became unreadable for me. I had always prided myself on finishing every book I started (though that affectation went by the roadside years ago) but whichever that volume was, it became a massive slog. Couldn’t do it. Haven’t gone back since, though I’ve heard it becomes very good again later in series when Sanderson does the remaining volumes.

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On 7/16/2019 at 11:49 AM, Don Quixote said:

I had a pre-order in for Colson Whitehead's new novel, The Nickel Boys.  It is out today.  I'm looking forward to diving into it.  Reviews are up there with those for his last novel, "The Underground Railroad," which won the Pulitzer.

“The Nickel Boys” was fantastic.  It would not surprise me if Whitehead wins another Pulitzer.  I think it is even better than “The Underground Railroad.”

Whereas The Underground Railroad blended historical fiction with surreal fantasy, The Nickel Boys is a bit more straightforward.  Novel based around the real-life disturbing treatment of kids at the Arthur Dozier School for Boys in Florida.  It is short and intense, with a story that is hard to put down. Whitehead’s prose is top notch too.

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I read The Glass City and really enjoyed it. Didn't know the NY trilogy existed which makes it more of a gem. The Don Quixote reference pushed me to give DQ a try. But just like Hitchhikers Guide Galaxy and every Terry Pratchett book I've tried to read it couldn't hold me. The only funny books I can remember enjoying from front to back is A Confederacy of Dunces and Carl Hiaasen.  What are the must reads?

 

 

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9 hours ago, Barry said:

I read The Glass City and really enjoyed it. Didn't know the NY trilogy existed which makes it more of a gem. The Don Quixote reference pushed me to give DQ a try. But just like Hitchhikers Guide Galaxy and every Terry Pratchett book I've tried to read it couldn't hold me. The only funny books I can remember enjoying from front to back is A Confederacy of Dunces and Carl Hiaasen.  What are the must reads?

 

 

Must reads for funny books?  I'd nominate Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, Voltaire's Candide, and some Evelyn Waugh.  A lot of people like Catch-22, but I was not really a fan.  Considering you did not like Don Quixote, comic sensibilities may be different though.

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10 hours ago, Barry said:

I read The Glass City and really enjoyed it. Didn't know the NY trilogy existed which makes it more of a gem. The Don Quixote reference pushed me to give DQ a try. But just like Hitchhikers Guide Galaxy and every Terry Pratchett book I've tried to read it couldn't hold me. The only funny books I can remember enjoying from front to back is A Confederacy of Dunces and Carl Hiaasen.  What are the must reads?

 

 

Catch 22

Breakfast of Champions

Cat’s Cradle

The Dud Avacado

The Importance of Being Earnest

Vile Bodies

 

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3 minutes ago, trogg78 said:

The Sellout by Paul Beatty is some funny satire.

 

He rips everyone a new one. I really enjoyed it.

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I’m probably the last person to realize this, but “Dark Age”, the latest volume of Pierce Brown’s “Red Rising” series is out now.

I happened to come across it when browsing the local library’s website and immediately put it on hold.

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Fun mystery/whodunnit type of book with a Quantum Leap/Groundhog Day type of twist. At times i felt like i needed to take notes to keep track of everything, but i’d recommend it.

 

Not sure what I’m in the mood for next, will update when I’m done scrolling through my library app.

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On 8/3/2019 at 11:06 AM, Ranethe said:

I’m probably the last person to realize this, but “Dark Age”, the latest volume of Pierce Brown’s “Red Rising” series is out now.

I happened to come across it when browsing the local library’s website and immediately put it on hold.

Thank you. I just reserved my copy from the Library. You must have been the penultimate person to realize this.

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I finally decided to start Child's Jack Reacher series this summer, since I didn't have anything else I was waiting to read.  I've plowed through the first 6 books in about the last 6 weeks.  Really enjoying them. I just love Child's eye for detail.  

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