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  1. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    Alex Kershaw is another great non-fiction writer too

    he has written a couple of great WWII books such as The Bedford Boys (the 15 or 20 or so boys from the town of Bedford, VA who died on DDay storming Omaha beach) The Few (about the few American flyers among the few British flyers to defy the German Blitz) and Escape From The Deep (about the sinking and exciting escape from the USS Wahoo, the most decorated American sub of WWII, and their subsequent POW experience among the Japanese)

    all 3 I've read, and all 3 I give 10/10 ratings to
  2. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Sounds great.

    Since you like WWII stuff, did you read In Harm's Way, by Doug Stanton?
  3. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    I have it. Great book.

    I also have another book about the USS Indianapolis.

    It sucks that Charles McVay has a felony listed on his record...still, because of the incident.
  4. hairic

    hairic Well-Known Member

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    The last book I read was a snoozer. It was a weather and climate textbook. I now know a lot of things about weather that I can't use other than for random fact droppings.

    It was chosen on a random library trip. Walk in, pick a random aisle, reach to the left or right, grab whatever my hand lands on, check it out, and read it. Was a habit I formed when I was nerdier and wanted to be more well-read. Every time I return a book, I pick another random one. I don't recommend it, but it works.
  5. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Staff Member

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    Hmmm.

    This isn't exactly filling me with confidence.
  6. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    Its not the last book I read....

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    But it is a good book. I don't agree with the author's political commentary at every turn, but ignoring that, the book is a fascinating read about one author's reporting career in the Middle East as well as other interesting anecdotes of Middle Eastern politics.

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    Perhaps the most interesting part of this book is the early United States political dealings with the Middle East and how the constitutional founders turned Presidents dealt with early foreign policy in the barbary wars.
  7. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Daemon - 6.5/10. I'm not quite finished yet, but almost there. It started out pretty interesting, and held onto that for quite some time...but here towards the end it's just gone pretty far out there as far as being believable.
  8. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Two recent books:
    The Poet - Michael Connelly. 0/10
    I don't even know how this tripe got into my house, I know I didn't buy it. I found it in my armoire and decided to read it. Awful, dismal waste.

    If Stephen King recommends a book, avoid it.
    I'm going to go read an Anthony Burgess novel to wash it from my memory.

    London Blues - Anothony Frewin. 6.5/10
    Interesting UK based fiction about the early days of Soho porn, with some factual references. I wonder how much is based on the truth.
  9. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I'm disappointed to hear that. I recently read The Narrows, The Overlook, and The Scarecrow by Connelly and I wanted to read The Poet since a couple of the books I've read make references to the 'Poet's' case. I actually looked for it at the book store a couple of days ago but they didn't have it.

    That's too bad.
  10. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Just finished this book. Yep, its pretty off the wall all the way although it loses some of its momentum toward the end. This book is not for the faint hearted or those who get offended easily. Its a bit vulgar and crass in its delivery but at the same time very humorous.
  11. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Going Rogue

    Fantastic.
  12. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Oops, hope I didn't ruin it for you.
    I just really found his writing pedestrian with very childish dialogue. I felt like he was inspired by Silence of the Lambs and he thought that by going to extremes, he would somehow reach a new level. Problem is SOL is a great read for far more than the fact it has some shock value.
  13. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    No, you didn't ruin it for me. I read Connelly's books for what they are. Detective crime mysteries with some plot twists, not much more. But he has become notorious for his unsatisfying endings or just a lack of consistency and momentum in the second half of most of his books. This is particularly true in his later novels. It seems he is more interested in churning out quantity than quality.

    I will still read The Poet but I won't expect much.

    Right now I'm about to start reading 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho.
  14. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Brain, I could've warned you about Nora Roberts. She's a long-time romance novelist. She's written in all forms of the romance genre. So I'm not surprised you found her work leaning heavily in that direction.

    Right now, I work so hard, I don't take the time to read as much as I used to. I think the last book I read was by Cedric the Entertainer. Pure mindless entertainment that got me through a hair appt.
  15. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Staff Member

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    Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov, 9/10

    Like the majority of Nabokov works, Pnin is a literary masterpiece; however, it falls somewhat short of the standard set by Lolita and Invitation to a Beheading. Pnin chronicles the events and mishaps that befall a Russian emigre, Timofey Pnin, working as a professor at an American college in the 1940s. Nabokov interjects a great deal of humor into the work, especially when narrating Pnin's struggles adapting to American culture and his failures to master the English language. However, there's also an undercurrent of tragedy; at times, the reader sees just how lonely and isolated Pnin is in a culture that is, for the most part, alien to him.
  16. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Staff Member

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    Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub, 5/10

    Incidentally, I selected this author on a recommendation from VTA. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by this particular work despite its accolades -- the 2003 Bram Stoker award. The novel is interesting, but I wasn't over enamored of the constantly shifting point of view.
  17. kmp77

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    The Road 10/10

    I don't think I've ever bee this moved by a book before.
  18. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    McCarthy is a brilliant writer, very powerful. The last paragraph of the novel has stuck in my head, since the first time I read it.

    Possible spoiler - last lines of the book to follow, doesn't give anything away in regards to the story

    It reminds me of the scene in The Wrestler, where Randy screws up one too many times and he's on the floor with his daughter and she tells him that sometimes things that are broken just can't be fixed. That's a pretty powerful concept, the idea that our lives have certain event horizons or tipping points, from which there's no coming back. Sometimes an action really does have permanent, meaningful consequences.

    McCarthy's other stuff is all top notch as well, I especially enjoyed Blood Meridian.
  19. kristie

    kristie Well-Known Member

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    "to kill a mockingbird"

    10/10

    a classic.:)

    i'm currently reading "profiles in courage". another classic IMO.
  20. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Sorry. :(

    I read that book too and was disappointed. His work ranges from creative and interesting (Koko and Ghost Story), to atrocious (Floating Dragon) to flat out boring, (In the Night Room; Lost Boy, Lost Girl).

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