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v1k1ng1001 09-07-07 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by grey poupon (Post 5200411)
finished--the magnificient ambersons, booth tarkington

reading now--plot against america, philip roth


queued up--the name of the rose, umberto eco

queued up--middlesex, jeffrey eugenides

Philip Roth is pretty intense. How's it going?

midschool22 10-15-07 12:24 AM

"How To Live Well Without A Car" -- Chris Balish. Great stuff.

"Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get A Life" -- Larry Winget. Some good things here and there.

"Gener@tion Debt" -- Carmen Wong Ulrich. If you want to stay broke and in debt, read this book. No thanks.

neilfein 10-15-07 05:42 AM

In between books; wrote up my thoughts on Korea by Simon Winchester. Looking to pick up Halting State by Charles Stross to read next.

I-Like-To-Bike 10-15-07 12:21 PM

In the last month I have finished the following unabridged audio books while bike commuting.
Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke

Death in Vienna by Dan Silva

Moon of the Red Ponies by James Lee Burke

Body Scissors by Michael Simon

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt

Will finish tomorrow Bitterroot by James Lee Burke

Will be on travel for a week or so and am taking along the books Hombre by Elmore Leonard and Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke.

neilfein 10-15-07 12:32 PM

[QUOTE=I-Like-To-Bike;5457273]Freakonomics by Steven Levitt[QUOTE]

How was that? I enjoyed The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, and I hear that Freakonomics is the anti-gladwell.

I-Like-To-Bike 10-15-07 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by neilfein (Post 5457356)
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt

How was that? I enjoyed The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, and I hear that Freakonomics is the anti-gladwell.

It was interesting but redundent. The short Freakonomics articles by Levitt, occasionally found in the Sunday New York Times Magazine get to the point just as well in a few paragraphs rather than chapters.

I haven't read/listened to The Tipping Point yet but intend to listen to it as well as Blink by the same author while driving to and from the East Coast in the next week. I've already loaded them on to my mp3 player. I have read Gladwell articles in the New Yorker and have always found them thought provoking.

My real 5 star recommendation from recent listening though is Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky. An excellent period piece of France-1940/41 written by someone who was living it at the time, until ended in a death camp in 1942.

Shifty 10-19-07 09:25 AM

I just read You Suck, A Love Story by Christopher Moore. It's yet another funny story from Moore, I LOL all the way through. It's about a young couple in San Francisco who are vampires, and need to hire someone to take care of things for them when they sleep all day. The 16 yo goth girl they hire is quite a character. As in all of Moore's books, characters appear from his other novels, so there is always a familiar face in the crowd, in this book they come from his book A Dirty Job, also a fun book.

Lex 10-19-07 05:12 PM

A friend recently introduced me to the books of Sue Henry and I'm reading through the Alex Jensen series. Jensen is an Alaskan cop who, in some of the books, works with the RCMP. It's a cozy mystery series with a beautiful vista that Henry paints well.

"Dark of the Moon" by John Sandford was another read this month that I really enjoyed. Haven't read anything by the author that's really dragged or been uninteresting.....just gotta love the really good bad guys and Sandford does them well. "Dark of the Moon" is sort of a Prey (Lucas Davenport series for which Sandford is probably best know) branch off. Virgil Flowers is a good character and it was just a good read.

Also recently read JA Konrath's Jack Daniels series. Lots of fun but with that gritty edge that can be so interesting. Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels is a Chicago detective who chases some super serious bad guys. The most recent book in the series is the best. I've heard, but haven't been there, that you can download Konrath's first two Jack books at his My Space site - I got them from the library.

I haven't read all the way through this thread *hanging head* and don't know the protocal for recommendation but for those who like Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde's books might be a really good consideration. He has two series - Thursday Next and Jack Spratt. Thursdays books are kind of set in a parrallel universe in which people deal in faked manuscripts and characters escape books and race over the countryside in cars never available in their book eras. Funny, tongue in cheek and just brillant.

The Jack Spratt series kind of branches off from that - though the Next series is never mentioned. Jack Spratt is a detective in the nursery crimes division who doesn't realize he's a nursery rhyme character himself - despite his first wife's intolerance for anything not containing fat. He must solve the case of Humpty Dumpty's fall. This may sound ridiculous, but it's so not. It's really a gritty crime drama laced with ridiculousness but in a way where one of the three bears is an informant and the competition made famous in detective magazines is gunning for Spratt.

rosie08 10-19-07 05:29 PM

Love Over Scotland - Alexander McCall Smith

Great book, I am reading/have read three of his series - finished one and I'm in the middle of the other two.

Versa2nr 10-19-07 05:39 PM

Speaking of books does anyone know if it is possible to download books in MP3 format to listen to on an ipod? I am training for a long distance ride on the trainer tonight and dont have a TV. Staring at the wall just isnt doing it for me tonight either.

Lex 10-19-07 05:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Versa2nr (Post 5487302)
Speaking of books does anyone know if it is possible to download books in MP3 format to listen to on an ipod? I am training for a long distance ride on the trainer tonight and dont have a TV. Staring at the wall just isnt doing it for me tonight either.


I think our library has books on their site in MP3 format. Tiny, tiny library system so I'm guessing the larger systems would as well. I've never used this site before so am not endorsing it or anything but below is a link where Ipod audio books are sold.

http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/Lan...ookie=Yes&pskw

Shifty 10-19-07 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Versa2nr (Post 5487302)
Speaking of books does anyone know if it is possible to download books in MP3 format to listen to on an ipod? I am training for a long distance ride on the trainer tonight and dont have a TV. Staring at the wall just isnt doing it for me tonight either.

This site has loads of books to download, small fee, well worth what you pay.
http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/Lan...=Yes&pskw=true

Shifty 10-19-07 05:50 PM

Great minds think alike Lex!!:D

jollyGreenGiant 10-23-07 12:41 PM

My recently / highly recommended list:

Water For Elephants

Stumbling on Happiness ( similar to Freakonomics and of course Freakonomics )

Anything Koontz

Kiterunner / His other is just OK, but this one is a must read.

neilfein 10-23-07 01:10 PM

Fleet of Worlds, by Larry Niven and Edward Lerner. Very good so far, the best "Known Space" book in years.

lotek 10-25-07 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by neilfein (Post 5507293)
Fleet of Worlds, by Larry Niven and Edward Lerner. Very good so far, the best "Known Space" book in years.

I have to get this one, love the known space series.

still reading The Death of Marco Pantani . good book but I just can't tear through it
just finished "Saucer full of Secrets" about Pink Floyd. very interesting read
No Safe Harbour, about the sinking of the Peter Hughes boat during hurricane Irene (gilbert? Emily, Agnes?)
in Belize. As a diver I find this stuff fascinating (and scary).
have a new David Weber book on the table (forget title).

Marty

Stacey 10-25-07 12:39 PM

For the john I'm reading Da Brudderhood of Zeeba Zeeba Eata, a Pearls Before Swine collection.

By my easy chair I have The Hole to China by Gary Kaschak. Yes, it is about a kid digging a hole to China. a light fun read, with a lesson or two along the way. :)

neilfein 10-25-07 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by neilfein (Post 5507293)
Fleet of Worlds, by Larry Niven and Edward Lerner.

I have to get this one, love the known space series.

I'm 9 pages from the end (fell asleep reading last night) and I gotta warn you, it'll leave you infuriated that (1) the book doesn't keep going, and (2) Juggler of Worlds isn't out until... well, they've finished writing it, havdn't seen a release date. My guess is late 2008.

Namenda 10-26-07 12:06 PM

Running With the Demon...Terry Brooks

MTB 10-26-07 11:42 PM

Merle: story about a dog, nonfiction. If you know of Temple Grandin's work, you will love this story.

audiobook biography about Steve Wozniak (founder of Apple computer). Very good if you are a computer geek/ engineer/ or know any of them well. Well narrated.

neilfein 10-27-07 01:30 PM

Fatal Revenant, Stephen R. Donaldson.

TehK 11-01-07 12:04 PM

The Politics of Ecstasy, Timothy Leary.

The Rider, Tim Krabbe.

grey poupon 11-03-07 01:17 AM

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Originally Posted by TehK (Post 5558720)
The Rider, Tim Krabbe.

:beer:
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v1k1ng1001 11-03-07 02:07 AM

If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino

CyLowe97 11-03-07 06:52 AM

The Terror by Dan Simmons.


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