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Rate the last book you read

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

  1. AmarilloCowboyFan

    AmarilloCowboyFan Well-Known Member

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    No, it has it's own laws. LOL
  2. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    I've had 'Savages' on my Kindle for a while. I've been hesitant to read it do to the horrible reviews the movie got, but maybe I'll check it out now.
  3. JIMMYBUFFETT

    JIMMYBUFFETT Skinwalker

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    If you like sex, drugs, and violence you'll love it.
  4. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Lol, I am a fan and in that order.
  5. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I have neglected this thread much too long. I have read many books since I last posted here. I don't remember all the books i've read this my last post but here are the books I can recall. Lots of crime novels.

    I started the Elvis Cole detective series by Robers Crais.

    -Monkey's Rain Coat
    -Stalking An Angel
    -Lullaby Town
    -Free Fall
    -Indigo Slam
    -L.A. Requiem


    There may have been others but i don't remember now. Entertaining novels about a PI and his sidekick (Pike). I like L.A. Requiem the best so far. Not bad overall and all the books I've read are decent reads. However, as contemporary detective novels go, I prefer Michael Connely's Bosch series and Harlan Coben's Bolitar novels better than Crais.

    -The Drop (Michael Connelly)

    One of the most recent novel in the Bosch series. Not bad, I enjoyed it.

    -Blood Work (Michael Connelly)

    Not a Bosch novel and an older book I had yet to read until now. It was made into a movie staring Clint Eastwood. Also a decent read.

    -Back Spin (Harlan Coben)

    One of the better Myron Bolitar novels.

    -Killing Floor (Lee Child)

    The first in a series of Reacher novels. Not bad but I'm not terribly impressed. Maybe the books get better as the series progresses.

    -Out on the Cutting Edge (Lawrence Block)

    One of the Matthew Scudder crime novels and the first one I have read. It's good enough to want me to read more in the series. In fact, I went out and bought a couple more.

    -Thank You For Smoking (Christopher Buckley)

    A story about a PR man for the tobacco industry. Very funny and entertaining book. Loved it. I have also read "The White House Mess" by Buckley and I don't think anyone else does political satire as well as he does.

    -Gil's All Fright Diner (A. Lee Martinez)

    About two friends, a vampire and a werewolf. A light, wacky and funny read. I liked it a lot and plan to read more books by this author.

    -Bloodsucking Fiends (Christopher Moore)

    I can only say, for the upteenth time that I love Moore. He is absolutely hilarious. Carl Hiaasen put it best, "Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of the world". Very funny and entertaining book.

    I can't think of the other books I've read. I will post my reviews on them if/when I remember.

    I just started reading Stephen King's The Stand, the complete and uncut version. Good grief!!!!! This is a long book (1153 pages). I expect to post my review on this book by 2015...lol.
  6. Denim Chicken

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    His best IMO.
  7. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    "The Killing Floor" - Lee Child

    8/10. Loved it, just wish it was a tiny bit shorter. Some parts "Dragged" a bit for me (not terribly bad though).


    I've also been trying to read "The Hobbit" for awhile now, talk about "Dragging". OMG..
  8. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I thought The Killing Floor was just Ok.

    The Hobbit was one of the books I read but couldn't remember when I posted last night. I agree with you to an extent, I wasn't too terribly impressed with it. I expected much better based on reviews I read.
  9. ethiostar

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    The Stand: Uncut-----------Stephen King

    I can't believe it took me this long to read this book. I enjoyed it a lot. I thought it was very well written, albeit verbose in places. I found the story to be a bit dualistic but that was intentional on King's part. Overall, it is a book I will probably read again in a few years, and that is saying a lot for me.

    BTW, I haven't read the original (cut) version but the "uncut" version is 1152pp, which apparently is about 200-250 pages longer than the 'cut' version. According to King, the added pages include, among others, a much more detailed account of Trashcan-Man, whom I liked reading about (although I could have done without the character he encounters on the road, The Kid).
  10. AmarilloCowboyFan

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    The Stand is one of the books I can remember reading when I was a teenager that I couldn't put down. I loved it. It was probably the cut version so I may need to go back and read the uncut one now.
  11. Denim Chicken

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    For those who enjoyed 'The Stand'; I highly recommend 'Swan Song' by Robert McCammon. It is an extremal good read.
  12. Phoenix

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    never knew about an uncut version of this. But I read the book long ago and loved it.
  13. joseephuss

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    The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
    by Jon Ronson

    An easy reading, non-fiction book. I found it to be informative and quite entertaining.
  14. JIMMYBUFFETT

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    The Host by Stephenie Meyer - Hated it! My wife raved about it and it was on the best seller list for a while. It drug on and on, and was no different than any other body snatcher book I've read in the past.

    I started Argo by Antonio Mendez last night and have Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden on deck.
  15. Denim Chicken

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    Ringworld—Larry Niven: #44 on NPR list

    Interesting characters make for an enjoyable read. Limited attention to spacious themes spawned numerous sequels.
  16. Denim Chicken

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    Name of the Wind (part of The Kingkiller Chronicles) Patrick Rothfuss #18 on NPR list.

    Engrossing story from an author with a pleasant prose. The sequel, ‘Wise Man’s Fear’, picks up the story where the original left off. A third is due out soon.
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Have not visited this thread in a long time.

    Have to agree with you...If you like one, you might like the other.

    I actually like SOME aspects of swan song better. Really like the idea of the mask and what happens when the masks are removed. Won't say anymore as it might spoil it for some.
  18. AmarilloCowboyFan

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    I've been waiting on the 3rd book to be released before I start this series. I've heard good things about it.
  19. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I have been trying to finish reading all the Elvis Cole detective novels (Robert Crais) I had sitting on my shelf so I haven't read much else.

    Since I last posted here I have read the following
    -The Last Detective
    -The Watchman
    -Chasing Darkness
    -The First Rule

    Interestingly, even though these books are still referred to as Elvis Cole novels, the later novels are increasingly focused on his partner, Joe Pike, who is a very interesting character. Out of the four I've listed above, I liked The Watchman best and it decidedly features Pike as the main character and Cole has a secondary role. Pike is also the main guy in The first Rule but not as good as The Watchman. The other two are decent reads but nothing special.

    The only other book I've read is The Book of the Dead by Douglas Peterson and Lincoln Child. It is one of the Pendergast novels but this series has gone down hill after the first three. I wasn't very impressed with this book and I will not read another from this series.
  20. Denim Chicken

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    Finished 'Wise Man’s Fear, it's good, but will leave you hanging. Not sure when the conclusion is supposed to be released.

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