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Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by ethiostar, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    just finished a book my girlfriends dad gave me "the boy captives" clinton smith and to a lesser extent his little brother jeffs true account of being kidnapped by comanche and apache indians in texas and raised among them for over five years. was a very interesting book and obviously i learned a lot about what life was like for the native americans. they never shy away from the more brutal aspects of it and talk candidly about battles, thieving and murdering.
    would definately recomend it.
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  2. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    I'd never even heard of him until I found that book. It's ironic the way you put it, because that's how it went. In the beginning it was interesting (or maybe I was just biased because parts of it took place in where I had been just before reading it), then it kind of degenerated overall as it moved along. The first few chapters are like a different novel from the rest of the book.
  3. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    That looks good.

    For anyone interested in reading a great book that mixes the Old West and sports, I would highly recommend "The Real All Americans," by Sally Jenkins.
  4. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Couldn't disagree with you more about The Poet. That was the first Connelly book I read and it hooked me on his stuff right away. I thought it was a very well done story, given the genre it's going for, and I really enjoyed it.

    It's my second favorite book of his behind the Concrete Blond. It's because of the Poet that I own every single book of his so far (he's got another coming out this year I believe) and I've read over half of them already.

    Sorry you didn't like it but I couldn't disagree more with you about it.


    Read it. If you liked any of those Connelly books, especially the Narrows, you'll like The Poet. It's a shame that you read the Narrows first though since it's ruined for you the ending of the The Poet but that's how it goes sometimes.

    One thing you'll find though is that, unlike The Narrows, Harry Bosch, his main character, is not in the book. The Poet was the first book he wrote without using his signature character and I still think, out of the 12 or so of his books I've read, it's his second best book behind The Concrete Blond.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Koko and Ghost story were both pretty good. Have not read the other three you listed.
    I liked his first book with King...The Talisman but hated the follow up to it...The black house.

    I have also read The Hellfire Club by him and thought it was a tad slow and boring however the villian in it was very interesting.
  6. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    It's no problem. I wasn't cursing your name as I read it. I always appreciate getting recommendations.:)

    I'll try Koko and Ghost Story.

    By the end of Lost Boy, Lost Girl, my only emotion was anger over the Lost Boy's inability to employ decent grammar and spelling in his emails.
  7. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    The measuring stick for me is if I want to reread it again. Koko and Ghost Story I've reread. I love Straub's characters- when he's good he fills them up and makes them real. I can always do without the supernatural stuff, but if it has good characters, I can get over it. Mr X is like that: supernatural frou frou but interesting characters and story telling. I've read it more than once, because of the characters.

    I did like The Hellfire Club, but read it a long time ago, and haven't reread it. I have it around somewhere and will probably have to give it another read now that you brought it up.
  8. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Thank God, no VTA voodoo doll.

    In LBLG, I got the feeling of an old guy trying to communicate like a kid and it kind of irked me too.

    If you're going to take my recommendations, I'd say definitely read Anthony Burgess. I can't get enough of his work and I do reread them regularly. The guy is a magician with language.

    The Doctor Is Sick
    A Clockwork Orange
    Tremor of Intent
    The Long Day Wanes
    The Wanting Seed

    I couldn't pick a favorite out of those books.

    I recently read One Hand Clapping and Honey For the Bears. They weren't as good as the books I just listed, but they weren't bad. There's a lot more of his work I have to get my hands on.
  9. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    While researching for reading materials on Chaos and Complexity theories, I found this link where Crichoton (I believe it is from a lecture he had given) talks about how he came to have a very strong stance regarding environmental management and the environmental movement as a whole.

    It very much parallels the book 'State of Fear'. In fact, if you don't want to read 600+ pages that is his novel you can read the link and get the same bottom line argument.

    http://www.michaelcrichton.net/speech-complexity.html
  10. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    The Warren Buffet Way
    8/10

    Very good biography about Warren Buffett and the core principles he uses as a guide to investing.

    I didn't give it a 10 because in some portions of the book, it is extremely technical and somewhat difficult to follow for a layman.
  11. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I just finished reading 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho. If you like reading allegorical novels/fables its a good one to read. Its not for everyone, it can be a slow read at times and perhaps a bit repetitive but there is some wisdom in this little book as well (Its only 167 pages).
  12. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    wow, I could finish that in an hour
  13. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, its a short book. I knew it had received universal acclaim but according to wiki (which is correct btw)...... "The Alchemist was originally written in Portuguese and has since been translated into 67 languages, winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author. It has sold more than 65 million copies in more than 150 countries, becoming one of the best-selling books in history."

    Although I like it and enjoyed reading it, I didn't realize it had gotten so much rave reviews around the globe. But I do understand the appeal globally because the plot does fit very well with various folktales and pearls of wisdom many cultures strive to instill in their children.
  14. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Digital Fortress by Dan Brown.

    Obviously not as good as the Da Vinci Code but it was still a very good read. Definitely better than Deception Point thought. I read a lot of mystery/suspense so i'm usually not surprised by a lot of plots and twists in these types of books. I have to say that this book had me once or twice which was a pleasant surprise. It also maintains its momentum through out the book and actually builds up to the end. I would have no problem recommending this book.
  15. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Even though it was proven not to be a true story as first professed by the author, I'd say A Million Little Pieces was probably one of my most intriguing reads of the year.

    First off, the way it is written is fascinating. What is even more fascinating is why the author made it up and then claimed it was true, knowing full well that he made claims of a true story that would end up being unverifiable facts or outright falsehoods.
  16. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Also Elizabeth Costello.. 9 of 10.
  17. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    Coetzee is so good. If you just read Elizabeth Costello, then you should read Slow Man next, she makes a very curious appearance in that as well. Also, if you haven't read Disgrace or Foe, then check those out. The latter was one of the best books that I had to read in college and the former is one of the best books I've read, period.
  18. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Coetzee is very outside the box and very clever. I will. I gave Coetzee's books to my cousin who is attending UT as a Plan II student next year. He loved them.
  19. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Here are a couple for you that I just finished reading. I've read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K Dick twice. If you like sci-fi, this book is a 10. It's the book that Blade Runner was loosely based off of.

    Another good one, if you're looking for a good marriage book is, Communication: Key to your Marriage by H. Norman Wright.

    My wife knows someone who knows him and we got a free, signed copy of it and so we both read it. Both of us thought it was better than expected.
  20. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Agree on McVay. How tragic.

    Hey Bob, I assume you read "Flyboys." Did you like it?

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