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 Posted: Sat Feb 18th, 2012 03:44 pm
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khawk wrote: Bump. Someone sticky this fucker, it's a good reference tool when I'm looking for something to read (on those rare occasions when I think I have time).
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 Posted: Sun Feb 19th, 2012 01:03 am
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khawk wrote:
Bump. Someone sticky this fucker, it's a good reference tool when I'm looking for something to read (on those rare occasions when I think I have time).

You might also want to set up an account with Goodreads, you haven't already. It has a recommendation system, based on your likes.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 19th, 2012 12:28 pm
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Hammer to Fall wrote: khawk wrote:
Bump. Someone sticky this fucker, it's a good reference tool when I'm looking for something to read (on those rare occasions when I think I have time).

You might also want to set up an account with Goodreads, you haven't already. It has a recommendation system, based on your likes.
thanks for the link

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Just finished up Robert Graves' I, Claudius. For the first time ever, I actually enjoyed reading about ancient Rome. Do not tick off emperors or their wives.



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Two books I recently read are,

"Harpo Speaks" by Harpo Marx. I read Groucho's book last year and wanted to read Harpo's. I'm a Marx Brother's fan, so I enjoyed both books. Who would have thought that two brothers who were a year apart and grew up in the same environment, would be so different. I would have never guessed that Harpo would have been the way he was off stage.

"Secret Servant" by Dan Silva. Silva has become one of my favorite writers. Any one else read his books?

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 Posted: Sun Mar 4th, 2012 02:43 am
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On the way home from Chicago, I stopped at the Barnes & Noble book store in Bradley. I had two 50 dollar X Mas gift cards to use. I ended up buying 5 paperback mystery/thriller books, Baseball Prospectus 2012 and the Autobiography of Mark Twain. I did a term paper on Mark Twain my junior year in high school so I'm really looking forward to reading his autobiography. The bill was $101.12. So minus the $100 in gift cards, I paid $1.20 for 7 books.

Egger,

I'm not going to be able to make the Kenny Jay benefit this year. It was a pleasure meeting you there last year. ChiTownRich and I were talking about going to a White Sox game this year. If Rich is able to get a bunch of Sox vs Twins tickets, maybe some of you Minnesota guys can come to Chicago for a game.



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Just finished reading "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson. It's about, a bit, the worldwide mental health industry, but also a really funny book about psychopathy and the attempts to measure and treat it. Absolutely worth a read.

I then tried "Unfamiliar Fishes" by Sarah Vowell, about the history of Hawaii. It was interesting in a way, but I realised about halfway in that I didn't really give a damn - one awful political / religious system replaced by one which wasn't much better.

Next up, I'll be picking up "Reclaiming History" by Vincent Bugliosi, about the assassination of JFK, from page 300, where I left it before Christmas. It's 1500 pages long, with a CD-rom containing 900 pages of endnotes, so I'll probably stick with it for a while. Or I might read one of the baseball books I picked up recently - "Glory In The Fall", a collection of famous articles about the World Series.

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The Happiness Of Pursuit-Davis Phinney's autobiography, pretty good so far.



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 Posted: Sun Mar 18th, 2012 07:32 pm
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srossi wrote:
Haven't had a good book thread in 6 months to a year.  I've been going through about a book a week. 

Just finished reading an anthology of the four main Sherlock Holmes novels that make up the primary canon: "A Study in Scarlet" (1887), "The Sign of the Four" (1890), "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1901), and "The Valley of Fear" (1914).  Excellent reads and so different and more clever than these stupid Robert Downey, Jr. movies. 

Now I'm finally getting around to reading Steven Adler's autobiography. 

Next up will be a biography on Eisenhower.  I'm not sure where I'll go from there but looking for any good fiction or non-fiction suggestions.


I've been reading the Sherlock Holmes series as well, although not all in a row. I only left Valley of Fear left.

I just finished The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace, which is the first book I've read on my new Kindle Fire. I got the Kindle so I could read public domain books for free, but I'll never give up on regular old fashioned physical books. I'd heard a lot about Edgar Wallace (he's responsible for conceptualizing King Kong, if you didn't know), and this was my first venture into his actual work, although I had seen a number of movies based on his work. The book was pretty good, although the third quarter was a bit disjointed. He blends horror and mystery perfectly.

Next I'm planning on reading The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers, the second in his Charlie Chan series. I already read the first, where Chan is a minor character, and really enjoyed it, so I've been planning on getting to this one for some time. I've been on a bit of a mystery kick lately, although my trur love is horror.



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I've got the complete Sherlock Holmes sat on my shelf, ready for a quiet few weeks in the future. At the moment it's the first two volumes of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", which is really good and I ought to have read it before now. Next up is "Rubicon", an apparently very readable history of Rome's experiment with a Republic.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 23rd, 2012 08:21 pm
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Just finished "Union 1812" about the War of 1812, which was just phenomenal and incredibly detailed.  Great info about both the politics and the battles that made up the war.

Now I'm alternating between Jules Verne's classic "Around the World in 80 Days", which I should be able to get through in just a few days, and Keith Richards' autobiography "Life", which is very long and detailed, perhaps too much so.



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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2012 10:13 pm
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I've read "Cross Rhodes" by Dustin Rhodes. It was ok for a quick read. Not much new or any good stories. His program with Scott Hall was interesting. He credits Savio Vega with really getting Golddust over. Dustin also had quite the daddy issues. He loved his daddy and hid daddy loved him, but his daddy was never around and Dustin wanted to be with his daddy.


I have also read "Jerusalem, Jerusalem" by James Carroll. Not the best read. The writer seems to be all over the place. He must have ADD.

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clawmaster wrote:

Egger,

I'm not going to be able to make the Kenny Jay benefit this year. It was a pleasure meeting you there last year. ChiTownRich and I were talking about going to a White Sox game this year. If Rich is able to get a bunch of Sox vs Twins tickets, maybe some of you Minnesota guys can come to Chicago for a game.


I'm not sure I will be going to the Jay benefit either. I will keep in mind the White Sox game.

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Just started reading Voltaire's "Candide, ou l'Optimisme" on a whim, and it's very good and actually pretty funny.  I want to go through a bunch of the enlightenment writers now, and will no doubt read some Locke next.



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