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Old 06-25-07, 10:42 AM   #301
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Old 06-25-07, 11:18 AM   #302
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How are you liking it? I loved Cryptonomicon, have read it more than once, but for some reason I got bogged down in Quicksilver and didn't get more than a 1/3 of the way through. Maybe I should pick it up again.
Quicksilver's pretty interesting, so far, but might be better suited to a time of year when I have more 'reading time' to concentrate on it. Stephenson's writing is good enough to keep me engaged through what easily could be too tedious detail. From what I gather, the second and third parts of the book pick up pace a bit.
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Old 06-25-07, 03:55 PM   #303
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Just finished The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer. Great book, if you like WWII naval history.
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Old 06-25-07, 07:05 PM   #304
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Just finished The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer. Great book, if you like WWII naval history.
Great book, even if the reader is not a WW2 or military buff. I listened to that one last year. The bravery of those sailors and aviators was astounding.
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Old 07-01-07, 04:25 PM   #305
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Started listening to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré. Started reading 52-Pickup by Elmore Leonard.

Finished listening to Burglars Can't be Choosers by Lawrence Block, The Death of a Dissident by Stuart Kaminsky, and The Overlook by Michael Connelly. Finished reading Even the Wicked by Lawrence Block. All were entertaining.
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Old 07-05-07, 04:08 PM   #306
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Reading Dharma Bums by Kerouac for the 3rd or 4th time and trying to finish The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I started it a cool 2 years ago and still not done.
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Old 07-05-07, 07:27 PM   #307
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Finished listening to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and The Looking Glass War both by John Le Carré. Finished reading 52-Pickup by Elmore Leonard.

Started listening to The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza by Lawrence Block. Started reading Unknown Man #89 by Elmore Leonard.
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Old 07-05-07, 07:46 PM   #308
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I just finished The 6th Target by James Patterson and now I'm reading The Good Guy by Dean Koontz.
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Old 07-08-07, 08:21 PM   #309
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Quicksilver's pretty interesting, so far, but might be better suited to a time of year when I have more 'reading time' to concentrate on it. Stephenson's writing is good enough to keep me engaged through what easily could be too tedious detail. From what I gather, the second and third parts of the book pick up pace a bit.
(forgot I'd asked this!) Oh good--maybe I'll pick it up again and start over. I'm going to be on vacation next week and I need a big, big book to bring along.
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Old 07-11-07, 11:39 AM   #310
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Finished listening to The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza by Lawrence Block and Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb. Finished reading Cat Catchers and Unknown Man #89, both by Elmore Leonard.

Started listening to Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. Started reading St. Dale by Sharyn McCrumb.
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Old 07-11-07, 11:41 AM   #311
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Old 07-11-07, 12:41 PM   #312
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Just started "The Death of Marco Pantani - an autobiography" I found at 1/2 price books.

I got about 1/2 way through Quicksilver and bogged down. I have a real love hate relationship
with Stephenson, loved some of his stuff, hated some of it. so far Cryptonomicon was my favourite.

Also just read Bone Carving a skillbase of techniques and concepts

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Old 07-14-07, 01:04 AM   #313
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Old 07-14-07, 09:57 AM   #314
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Dead Sleep by Greg Iles, got started on him a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 07-15-07, 01:15 PM   #315
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I set aside Quicksilver for the moment, as I was sent a copy of Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch's follow up to The Lies of Locke Lamora.

Great summer reading. Fast paced caper plot. Much fun.
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Old 07-15-07, 01:26 PM   #316
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Old 07-16-07, 09:52 AM   #317
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Also reading Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas, great, great, great book.
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Old 07-17-07, 12:44 PM   #318
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How are you liking it? I loved Cryptonomicon, have read it more than once, but for some reason I got bogged down in Quicksilver and didn't get more than a 1/3 of the way through.
+1. I liked Quicksilver, but I didn't get more than halfway through the second book.

Reading The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander. I'm alternating between stomach-dropping dread and junkie admiration for Englander's writing. It's differend from his short story collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. (Which was incredible, BTW.)
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Old 08-15-07, 07:27 PM   #320
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"Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose. A biography of Capt. Lewis of the Lews & Clark expedition. Simply amazing to read about their first encounters with the varied wildlife, country and native american tribes.
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Old 08-15-07, 08:24 PM   #321
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Houellebecq's HP Lovecraft: Against The World, Against Life. So far, it's kind of unintentionally funny. Houellebecq takes Lovecraft's idiosyncrasies and explains them as precursors of Houellebecq's own brand of antimodern miserabilism. Still, good biographical bits re Lovecraft, plus the occasional insight from Houelle.
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Old 08-15-07, 10:36 PM   #322
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The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins

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Recently finished listening to Cold Dish and Death Without Company by Craig Johnson, Big Red Tequilla by Rick Riordan and Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boats Codes, 1939-1943 by David Kahn. Will start this weekend on Last Car To Elysian Fields by James Lee Burke.

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Old 08-17-07, 11:31 AM   #324
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