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    Recently finished listening to Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson, You are Only as Good As Your Next One by Mike Medevoy, and American Gangster and Other Tales of New York by Mark Jacobson. Currently listening to Agent Zig Zag by Ben McIntyre.

    Finished reading The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke and am now reading Sea of Thunder by Evan Thomas.

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    Halting State, by Charles Stross
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    I'm in the celtic folk fusion band Baroque and Hungry. "Mended", our new full-length studio album, is now available for download.

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    After many trips to the can, i finally finshed the Valentino Rossi bio. Phew!

    Now i'm on to a more serious read. And a damn good one at that.

    God Is Not Great - How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.
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    As it happens. nothing at all. I need to find a book!
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    The Knowing-Doing Gap

    Water for Elephants - Audiobook - good stuff!

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    Finished listening to Agent Zig Zag by Ben McIntyre and The Poet by Michael Connelly. Am now listening to Concrete Blond, also by Michael Connelly.

    Still reading Sea of Thunder by Evan Thomas. Expect to finish it tonight.

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    Les Liaisons Dangereux. Quite good considering that it's essentially a romance novel.
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    Finished reading Sea of Thunder by Evan Thomas and Mr. Majestyk by Elmore Leonard. Am now reading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.

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    The last of the Harry Potter books. Figured it was worthwhile both to see if there is any meat, either for the critics or the worshipers.

    My tentative conclusions:

    Critics (other than pure literary) are bankrupt. This is about the safest book I can think of in the childrens adventure class when it comes to lack of possible immitation dangers. Example first book learning to fly on broomsticks. They start by having the stick on the ground and commanding it to rise to their hand, as opposed to let us say jumping off a cliff (even a small one). Don't think any kids will get hurt by trying to command a broom to rise. As to leading into magic or witchcraft: Almost everything requires fictional items. Wands are not just wood, they need something from a magical creature as a core, potions all require fictional ingredents. The only thing one could try is divination, tea leaves and crystal ball do exist. And that is portrayed as boring, unreliable and disliked by the heros.

    Worshipers have a bit better case. I do not consider it great. But it is readable, it moves. It is a heck of a lot better than many things kids read in the past. I think it passes just fine as recreational reading for kids at the age of Harry and friends in each book. As class material it may work as a starting point, but falls short as pure literature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltabear View Post
    Water for Elephants - Audiobook - good stuff!
    I was thinking of picking this up tonight, it's a toss up between
    Water For Elephants, The Raw Shark Texts, or Middlesex

    I just finished The Virgin Suicides and loved it.

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    Just finished [I]The Looming Tower[I] by Lawrence Wright.

    Excellent, excellent, excellent.

    Finally, a post-9-11 history of al-Qaeda and the WTC attacks that points out the beaurocratic blunders of the CIA and FBI, as opposed to blaming the political administrations of Clinton and Bush 43.
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    Thomas Moore, "Dark Night of the Soul" on my i-pod, oh...and Pema Chodron, and Freakanomics.

    JB says "how can you listen to that **** and ride?" It drowns him out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian12 View Post
    Just finished [i]The Looming Tower[i] by Lawrence Wright.

    Excellent, excellent, excellent.

    Finally, a post-9-11 history of al-Qaeda and the WTC attacks that points out the beaurocratic blunders of the CIA and FBI, as opposed to blaming the political administrations of Clinton and Bush 43.
    I enjoyed that book too. For an interesting and informative take on the WTC after 9-11 read American Ground, Unbuilding the World Trade Center by William Langewiesche.


    Finished reading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. Started reading The Twilight of the U-Boats by Bernard Edwards.

    Finished listening to Concrete Blond, by Michael Connelly. Started listening to Death of a Russian Priest by Stuart Kaminsky.

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    Brotherhood of Heroes-The Marines at Peleliu, 1944 by Bill Sloan. A very good book for fans of the genre.
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    Just started Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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    The war series; just sort of happened while perusing at the book store.

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    Brotherhood of Heroes-The Marines at Peleliu,
    I want to read that, I dived there. Unimaginable.

    Anyone read The Kite Runner?
    from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.

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    Finished reading The Twilight of the U-Boats by Bernard Edwards. Started reading A Morning for Flamingos by James Lee Burke.

    Finished listening to Death of a Russian Priest by Stuart Kaminsky and Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Started listening to Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephan King

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    Recently finished Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold.

    Working through, East of Eden by Steinbeck, Sorcery by Terry Pratchett and Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
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    Finished Slaughter House Five. It was a quick and entertaining read, but can't say I'd recommend it. Sure, I got his messages against war and living life the way you'd always want to relive it, but I didn't really find it all that great. I understood and could follow the time jumps, but I think that detracted a bit from the story for me. So it goes.

    On to Lonesome Dove. First few chapters have me interested and it seems like the sort of writing style I like.

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    Can't believe this post is still going, I started it 20-10-03! My tastes in reading have changed for the better right now I am reading school/work stuff:

    The Human Face of Mental Illness 2006 by the Government of Canada.

    Research Decisions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives by Ted Palys

    Researching Society and Culture by Clive Seale

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    Training and Racing with a Power Meter. Coggan & Hunter

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine96821 View Post
    I want to read that, I dived there. Unimaginable.

    Anyone read The Kite Runner?
    Yes. Though the book contains interesting elements, I didn't find it that satisfying.

    Anyways, I'm reading Dark Tower 4 - Wizard and Glass.

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    Hi,

    Newbie here - just discovered this post. Lots of great titles here - I have my work cut out for me.

    I'm currently working on:

    Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life
    The Landmark Herodotus (if you are at all interested in ancient history and/or the Greeks - read this!)

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