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Rate the last book you read

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

  1. kristie

    kristie Well-Known Member

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    twilight 7.5/10


    not a bad story though not great either. it's the romance between the two lead characters, bella & edward, that really pulled me in.

    stephenie meyer, the author, at least got the romance part down to where you don't want to stop reading it.
  2. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    I just read The Best Laid Plans by Sydney Sheldon. 8.5 of 10 stars.
  3. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Just finished 'Smoke' by Tom Franklin. The author also wrote 'Hell at the Breech', which i haven't read yet.

    I enjoyed reading this book quite a bit. If you liked 'Deadwood' this book is right up your alley, its vulgar, profane, crass and full of wacky characters who have no intention of being good. They make you laugh and cringe all at the same time. The story is well conceived although its a twisted/dark story. If you are a fan of westerns and the style of Deadwood you would enjoy this book, I did.

    BTW, the dialogue is presented with no quotation marks which worried me a little at first but I got used to it quickly.
  4. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Indentations at all?
  5. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Cormac McCarthy writes that way too, everything just flows into each other. Descriptions, dialogue, thoughts.
  6. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    I just picked up "Remains of D Company" about an American Doughboy unit in WWI. The Co-Author of "Flags of Our Fathers" likes it more than his book.

    Can't wait to read it.
  7. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    No, none.
  8. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Every year during Lent, I read The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Doestoevsky.

    It is, in my opinion, the greatest book ever written.



    I agree with those who recommend The Road, as well. If you are a man and have a son, I can guarantee it will seriously move you.
  9. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I think i'll pick that up next time i'm at the bookstore. I saw the movie but i suspect the book is infinitely better.
  10. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    I hated it when I read it a year ago. Really didn't like it at all.
    I read it again about a month ago and it had a whole different effect on me. I'm wondering if the movie will be able to live up to it.
  11. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Just finished "Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima," by Stephen Walker.

    A great book about the weeks, days, hours and minutes leading up to the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. From Los Alamos, to Trinity Site, to San Francisco, to Tinian ....

    The author combines great oral history with research and descriptive writing that puts the reader inside the Enola Gay and gives a chilling look at the people of Hiroshima in the hours leading up to and after to the bomb.

    Highly recommend it.
  12. yesfan

    yesfan Active Member

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    George Carlin "Last Words" A great read into his life from his
    childhood to before he died.A very funny book and as you read
    it,you can just hear him telling it.Funny stuff.

    Just started god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens,for this one
    a dictionary is required.Well atleast for me.Lol
  13. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I just ordered a book online because of a friend's suggestion. I read a lot of good reviews about it also. But I'm curious to see if anyone else here has read it and if so what they thought about it.

    'Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven' by Susan Jane Gilman.
  14. Teren_Kanan

    Teren_Kanan Well-Known Member

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    Book was called "The Bible"

    Very poorly written, and not that interesting.. 2/10




    I jest.



    Song of Ice and Fire series

    Game of Thrones
    Clash of Kings
    Storm of Swords
    Feast for Crows

    Best books I have ever read.. they have pretty much ruined all other books for me. Nothing I've read even comes close yet.
  15. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    One Bullet Away, Nathaniel Fick.

    9.5/10

    This is the autobiographical novel of the platoon leader in Generation Kill documenting his time in the Marines from the day he decides to join, through OCS, into Afghanistan in 2001 (He was supposed to sail to the Middle East on the afternoon of Sept 11, 2001 from Darbin) and through his days in Operation Enduring Freedom.

    If you enjoyed reading Evan Wright's Generation Kill from that author's perspective, watching the mini-series on HBO (you can find it online free by a google search of "generation Kill online" it'll be the third result) which has more of the actual platoon's input as advisors on set including "Fruity" Rudy Reyes, then you'll probably like reading Lt. Fick's story as well. It really gives a third view of the events including his issues with command ahead of him.

    Highly recommended.

    Take a look at him giving a speech on the book and other topics in 2006 at this link: http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/events/2006/07-13-nathaniel-fick.jsp

    Let me just say that I judge a book by the feeling I get at the end. If it's great, I feel almost betrayed that it ended. One Bullet Away fulfills that to no end.

    Having now read this, I have to change the book I am writing. To kill off a platoon of Marines in my work of fiction feels almost an insult to the men I read about in this book. In other words, it would be a **** thing to do.
  16. Irvinite

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    The Gathering Storm-book 12 of "The Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan.. 9.5/10


    With the untimely death of Robert Jordan,The final book(split into three separate books) was written by Brandon Sanderson.

    I would try to explain the story but I would just confuse everyone..:bang2: Its a GREAT series though..
  17. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I just finished reading 'Impact' by Douglas Preston.

    This is the only book i've read by this author, he also wrote 'Blasphemy' which i've read very good reviews on. Impact is a very good book that kept me guessing especially toward the end which is hard to do. Great character development and story line. I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading adventure/thriller type novels.

    I can't decide if i want to read 'Sleepless' by Charlie Huston or 'Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven' by Susan Jane Gilman next. Has anyone read any of these two books?
  18. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and Brew... Staff Member

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    "A Killer Named Hatch - Massacre on Potato Hill" - a recall of one of the nastiest serial killers in my area. We had a serial killer just north of me by 20-25 minutes and REAL close to my cabin. His last victim, he dragged behind his vehicle (in 1973) until basically nothing was left - I remember it like it was yesterday. The killer is up for parole in August 2010 and that is why the book was written. I am thinking about going to the parole hearing.....

    At any rate, the book was poorly written but the purpose was to bring attention to the scumbag and the parole hearing. I read the entire book in one day.
  19. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    Here's what I've read in the lately:

    Odd Hours by Dean Koontz - Not normally a follower of Koontz's work work, but the first book in the series really pulled me in. I'd give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

    Wolves of the Calla - Really not a big King fan anymore, but I've been reading the series since I was young so I am going to finish it out. I thought this was the worst book of the series so far. 2.5 out of 5.

    Raising Your Spirited Child - My son fits the description to a tee. It certainly gave me some good perspective on what is going on in his little head. 4 out of 5 stars.

    A Man named Dave - I after reading "A Child Called It", I really wanted to hear more about this guy's story, to see if it truly had a happy ending. 5 out of 5 stars.
  20. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    EDIT: I should mention that some people found the ending to be anticlimactic but actually I liked the ending quite a bit. The book is also a sort of sci-fi although its really hard to pigeon hole in one specific genre.

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