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 Posted: Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 09:44 pm
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As I've seen a load of adaptations but never the source, "The Three Musketeers". It's a brilliant book, and thanks to a brand new translation (by Richard Pevear, if you want to track it down) it reads like a modern adventure story. Definitely worth it, as are all Pevear's translations of Dumas.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 10:08 pm
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I finished The Three Musketeers, and really enjoyed it. It's such a great adventure story, and while of the two Dumas books I've read so far, I preferred "The Count Of Monte Cristo", this one is pretty brilliant too.

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Reading Roger Ebert's autobiography "Life Itself".  I feel like the book was written more for himself as he was dying than an audience.  It's hampered by minutiae, long and not very substantive stories about people we don't know or care about, but he's such a good writer that even some of those are interesting.  The whole book smells like death thoughout, a chronicle of the passage of time and a long march towards the inevitable conclusion that we all know Ebert was heading towards.  It's pretty sad, even the parts that aren't meant to be.  But he lived a hell of a life.



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 Posted: Tue Jun 24th, 2014 11:13 am
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Just finished a hilarious book called "The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad". It's a bunch of jokes and a strongly left-wing political tract masquerading as a novel, so I'd caution against reading it if that doesn't sound like fun to you. But if you do read it, you'll love it I reckon.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: Just finished a hilarious book called "The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad". It's a bunch of jokes and a strongly left-wing political tract masquerading as a novel, so I'd caution against reading it if that doesn't sound like fun to you. But if you do read it, you'll love it I reckon.

Sounds like torture.

I just started "What a Wonderful Life: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years" by Ricky Riccardi.  Fascinating book about Armstrong's brilliance at a time when he was being publicly derided for becoming a lazy musician and an Uncle Tom.  Gives quite the counter-argument to both.  Really strong read whether you like jazz or not.  Last month I visited his house in Corona, Queens and it really got me interested in him.

Also slowly getting through a book of LBJ's secret tape-recorded conversations, much of which (at least thus far) focuses on how he tried to use Jackie Kennedy to gain acceptance as president, and how she was completely aware of this and tried to stay at arm's length so as not to endorse or renounce him.  He also blatantly hits on her less than 3 days after JFK was assassinated (but then, he hit on her every time they talked, before and after JFK's death). 

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 Posted: Wed Jul 9th, 2014 11:02 pm
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Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel, "This Side of Paradise".  Not "The Great Gatsby" by any stretch, but I've had a 1941 edition on my bookcase for years now and I figured I should probably read it at some point.  Enjoyable for what it is.



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khawk wrote: Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: I had gotten many here and there but also a ton from that bookos site that was shut down

It's not gone, just moved and slightly renamed:
http://bookza.org/
 
 
http://bookzz.org/



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I am currently reading "Doctor Sleep" from Stephen King. It is the sequel to "The Shining" it has been very good thus far.



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 Posted: Sun Aug 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm
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Reading George Steinbrenner's biography by Bill Madden of The Daily News.  I shy away from sports book written by nearly illiterate newspaper writers, so I put this one off for a really long time, but Madden impresses here.  This is actually a great read and brings back all the infuriating shit that Steinbrenner did before he re-invented his legacy late in life.  Even if you lived through it the fist time, you'll still learn a lot of new and interesting tidbits.  Madden got access to hours of Gabe Paul's private tapes from his widow, and there's some gems in there.  



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Just finished every Jack Reacher novel from Lee Child in order, a great summer read, next one should be out this month too



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Just finished up Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls which is the first 7 issues of the New 52 Batman. I really enjoyed it and will start Volume 2: The City of Owls, tonight.

http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Vol-The-Court-Owls/dp/1401235425



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I fucking detest all that is the New 52.



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I'm not into new comics, but I picked up Batman Death of the family, from the library, which was part of this new 52 stuff. The ending stunk, but the rest was very good.

Currently reading (very slowly) Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories, which are stories he has told on his radio show (didnt know he had a show). But they are great stories, like how he titled "No Sugar Tonight".

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