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Old 11-05-07, 11:57 AM   #376
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mp3 = Podcasts!!! :)

Tons of good podcasts in iTunes for free.

Some of the ones I've listened to are:

1. University of Arizona 7 podcasts on climate change (very good, things you won't hear from the media, & cutting edge research on it).

2. Fortress Draconis (Eragon type book read by the author).

3. Lots of "How To" books:
Mr Manners Quick & Dirty Tips for a More Polite Life
Learn Spanish - Survival Guide

4. Astronomy a Go Go (monthly podcast on the Heavens)

Discovery channel, National Geographic, History channel, New York Times, the Weather Channel, etc all have free podcasts.

From the Search in iTunes type in a genre you are interested in, ie: cycling. You will get a list of all things regarding it. Then choose "Podcasts" from the top menu & you will get all the podcasts on Cycling.

Audible.com also has audiobooks on iTunes, but I found audible.com to be VERY expensive (& unnecessary with all the good podcasts now).

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The Terror by Dan Simmons.
Any good? I enjoyed the Hyperion and Olympos books, and The Crook Factory. How does his horror stack up?
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Old 11-05-07, 02:43 PM   #378
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Any good? I enjoyed the Hyperion and Olympos books, and The Crook Factory. How does his horror stack up?
I'm only at 184 of 766 pages (big ol' door stopper of a novel), but so far it is quite good. I don't often read horror, but the supernatural is something that looms large over the plot to this point, but in reality doesn't seem as dangerous as human hubris. Simmons seems to have a knack for making sympathies to certain characters shift depending on the third person narration in a given chapter, which is a good indicator for me. And this book has made me dread the waning sunlight and sub-zero temps of winter, or at least appreciate being able to crawl inside to the warmth of central heating.

This is the first Simmons I have read, but it's enough to get me to check out Hyperion or Ilium at some point.

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The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow
Double Play by Robert Parker
The Deal Maker: How William C. Durant Made General Motors by Axel Madsen

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Basically? This thread.
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I just finished the rather lengthy read The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell.

So sad.

Now maybe I can get back to or start over What If I Had Never Done It, by Valentino Rossi. I've started and stopped a couple of times already. Time to finish it.
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The End of America by Naomi Wolf.
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Listening to Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson.

Reading The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke; just finished Black Cherry Blues by same author.
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Recently finished The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs by Irvine Welsh. (Fiction!)

I like all his stuff, so I wasn't let down by this one. Drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence, all set in Scotland. (He wrote Trainspotting, for those who remember.)
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Almost through with The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald.

Growing up in Miami, I can say that we certainly don't deserve something as special as the Everglades. Ugh. Depressing.

Up next is The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf, as mentioned by cyclezealot.

I'm going to need something really, really uplifting after.
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Pastoralia - George Saunders (short stories)

Very twisted and funny stuff. Kind of Vonnegut-esque but more minimalist.
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I just finished the rather lengthy read The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell.

So sad.
I finished this a little bit ago. It bummed me out too.
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Old 12-22-07, 04:22 PM   #388
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Philip Roth is pretty intense. How's it going?
hey, I really liked it. my first Roth novel, but I'll probably check out some of his other stuff in the future. the "historical fiction" backdrop is why I chose it, but the characters/family story could stand on their own. it took a bit getting used to Roth's writing style, he tends to use very long sentences and iirc not many commas--kinda "run on", but not really. got me thinking to read some more contemporary stuff I've had in queue for awhile like Chabon, Eugenides, Foer and Pynchon.
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I finished up The Gunslinger yesterday. Drawing of the Three is next.
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Basically? This thread.
Meh...I skipped to the end. Spoiler alert: Merton did it!


Anyway, I'm about 1/3 of the way through The Three Musketeers. Fun stuff. As promised, very romantic, in the classical sense, not the sappy sense.
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Still reading the Vale Rossi Bio. I need to go to the bathroom more often.
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Just finished Time for the Stars by Heinlein. Typical Heinlein juvie, which means typical Heinlein, where typical = very good.
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Just finished Time for the Stars by Heinlein. Typical Heinlein juvie, which means typical Heinlein, where typical = very good.
I haven't read that in years! It was one of my favorite books too!

Just finished up "Better to Beg Forgiveness, by Micheal Z Williamson yesterday. Excellent MilSF
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I haven't read that in years! It was one of my favorite books too!

Just finished up "Better to Beg Forgiveness, by Micheal Z Williamson yesterday. Excellent MilSF
My fave Heinlein juvies are probably Citizen of the Galaxy and Starship Troopers. We need a BF sci-fi forum.
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Meh...I skipped to the end. Spoiler alert: Merton did it!


Anyway, I'm about 1/3 of the way through The Three Musketeers. Fun stuff. As promised, very romantic, in the classical sense, not the sappy sense.
I rather enjoyed the book. I found it interesting how Mdm. de Winter is treated differently in the book than any of the films. Also how the book plays out so differently at the end, what happens regarding the carte blanche and just who ends up being d'Artingeons(sp) friend in the end.
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I haven't read that in years! It was one of my favorite books too!

Just finished up "Better to Beg Forgiveness, by Micheal Z Williamson yesterday. Excellent MilSF
It is so difficult picking a favorite from Heinlein.

Putting on computer hat - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Putting on unPC hat - Farnhams Freehold
Putting on I know something you don't - Friday
Cynical B@stard - Magic Inc. (Think of just who they meet in Hell and why)
Kinky B@stard - All You Zombies (Hmm guess it si not physically impossible).

I could probably come up with more for more reasons, but I'll end with 'The Long Watch' cuz it has 2 things. It is a great example of what I (and I'm pretty sure Heinlein) thinks a true hero is. Not a John Wayne, not someone looking for glory. Just a guy with guts who when push comes to shove knew what was most important. And because Heinlein proved you can write a good story with no 'surprises' or even much of a chance. When it opens with something like 'Nine ships took off from moon abse and eight of them formed a globe aroung the ninth, which held the flag of an admiral though there where nothing alive on board, just a lead lined coffin and a geiger counter that was never quiet.' Only a fool would fail to realize the hero stopos the bad guys and dies in the process. Yet ending blown it is still a good story.

I used to be able to give the citation on Roger Young from Starship Troopers verbatium. Sad that someone watching the film would neither know of Roger nor what a drop was.
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Just finished 2 Drangonlance books. Black Talon and The secret of Pax Tharkas.
Half way through Lone Survivor which is a great read and sad story of Navl SEAL Team 10.
Then waiting in the wings is the last book in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series " Confessor" which is book #11.
To much snow on the ground for riding so it's a great time to catch up on the reading.
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