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Old 10-11-13, 03:10 PM   #776
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Finished my re-read of Ender's Game in about a week, so now I'm on to Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising.
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Finished reading Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder. Unbelievable brutality, murder and deportations inflicted on the people of Eastern Europe for 12 years by the brutal regimes of both Germany and U.S.S.R.

Finished reading Vegas and the Mob by Gus Russo. Only so-so; too much name dropping and undocumented gossip.

Finished reading When I Left Home by Buddy Guy - Autobiography.


Currently reading The Generals, American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas Ricks.

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Joyce Carol Oates was one of my favorite authors when I was younger, but recently I started Do With Me What You Will, and soon stopped. I don't have the patience anymore for massive tomes of literature. Now I read mostly news, forums, blogs, etc.
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Finished reading The Generals, American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas Ricks.

Started reading I Am Legend, a vampire/living dead horror novel by the recently deceased Richard Matheson.
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Finished reading I Am Legend, a vampire/living dead horror novel by the recently deceased Richard Matheson. Now reading other short stories written by Mr. Matheson included with I Am Legend. Mr. Matheson was a noted writer of horror short stories and TV screenplays, including a dozen or so for The Twilight Zone, one of which was the superb Nightmare at 20,000 Feet that starred the pre-Star Trek, William Shatner. Look for it, it was in the fifth season.

Also reading on the Kindle, Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli. Author was a Jewish Hungarian Doctor who was forced to work as an assistant to Dr Mengele during the infamous experiments and procedures.
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whatever you do don't go watch the I Am Legend movie. you'll hate yourself it's so bad.
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whatever you do don't go watch the I Am Legend movie. you'll hate yourself it's so bad.
Haven't seen it; but have seen the original Night of the Living Dead, which was one of several movies inspired by the book I Am Legend.
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I Am Legend is a 1954 horror fiction novel by American writer Richard Matheson. It was influential in the development of the zombie genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. The novel was a success and was adapted to film as The Last Man on Earth in 1964, as The Omega Man in 1971, and as I Am Legend in 2007, along with a direct-to-video 2007 production capitalizing on that film, I Am Omega. The novel was also the inspiration behind the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.
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Finished my re-read of Ender's Game in about a week, so now I'm on to Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising.
Read em both. Don't remember much about Enders Game. It's been twenty years or more. I do remember it was a quick read, almost as fast as The Forever War, which is still one of my favorites. Red Storm was a good book, if somewhat disturbing in the subject matter.

Currently reading A Casual Vacancy, JK Rowlings first adult novel. Reads like Harry Potter, except his mates smoke, swear, and cop feels on the local "bad girl". The adults are all intertwined in local politics that remind me a bit of my home town (The protagonists death leaves a "casual vacancy" on the town council). The main protagonist dies at the end of the first chapter. A little challenging to read as it introduces a rather large cast of characters in the first fifty pages, which is how far I am into it.
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Old 10-25-13, 08:18 PM   #785
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abut 1/2 way through Red Storm Rising, but have also started this:
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Finished reading on the Kindle, Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli.
Finished listening to the sci fi short stories written by Richard Matheson that were included with the book I Am Legend.

Started listening to Life, Keith Richard Autobiography as well as a Rolling Stones Memoir.
Started reading Wahoo, The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine by Richard O'Kane.
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Finished reading Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder. Unbelievable brutality, murder and deportations inflicted on the people of Eastern Europe for 12 years by the brutal regimes of both Germany and U.S.S.R.

Finished reading Vegas and the Mob by Gus Russo. Only so-so; too much name dropping and undocumented gossip.

Finished reading When I Left Home by Buddy Guy - Autobiography.


Currently reading The Generals, American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas Ricks.
I'm about 2/3's of the way through Bloodlands... Amazing how brutal it was. You may enjoy "A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today (David Andelman). Parts were a little dry but he ties the end of WWI with many of today's issues...
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Finished listening to Life, Keith Richard Autobiography as well as a Rolling Stones Memoir. Good stuff about the music, band members and associated love lives and associates; too much about Keith's drug obsessions and habits, gets tiresome. Still a good book.

Started listening to Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser.
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Old 11-08-13, 12:44 AM   #789
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Just finished yesterday evening "every inch of the way" by Tom Bruce (www.tombrucecycling.com). An around the world cycle trip.
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Finished: Red Storm Rising - Tom Clancy. His 2nd book - can't believe I never read it. Hell of a followup to Red October.


Now reading: Luka & the Fire of Life - Salman Rushdie (sequel to one of my all time favorite books Haroun & the Sea of Stories)
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A slightly OT note on Enders Game and the upcoming movie based on it. I am not looking forward to this movie. What I remember about the book is that is was a very well written piece of storytelling. The story itself did not really stick in my memory. What often happens with adaptations of popular novels is that some Hollywood suit, who cannot see past dollar signs, will finance something like this, invest heavily in special effects, and hire some hack to write a script that hits all of the "endearing plot points" of the novel. What often doesn't happen is attention to story telling.

The best adaptations actually deviate from the details of the book because the writers and producers understand the difference in the two mediums. A good example was The World According to Garp. The movie deviated quite a bit from that 600 page book. The middle third of the novel was condensed into a one minute scene. To do otherwise would have made the move overly long and tedious, and it was done in a way that tied the two ends of the story together.

An example of of bad adaptation was Dune. That was an example of cut'n paste of scenes from the book pasted into a screenplay, with way more screen time given to Stings character than necessary. A decision based on the desire to attract an audience who would buy a ticket to see Sting act. A far more important character, the native leader Stilgar, gets two whole lines of dialog. Dialog written by Herbert is tied together in a mis-mash fashion by a hack writer, making no attempt to match style, resulting in characters with bipolar IQ's.

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An example of of bad adaptation was Dune. That was an example of cut'n paste of scenes from the book pasted into a screenplay, with way more screen time given to Stings character than necessary. A decision based on the desire to attract an audience who would buy a ticket to see Sting act. A far more important character, the native leader Stilgar, gets two whole lines of dialog. Dialog written by Herbert is tied together in a mis-mash fashion by a hack writer, making no attempt to match style, resulting in characters with bipolar IQ's.

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I completely agree that Lynch's movie was an abomination.

Check out the SciFi channel's miniseries. A fairly faithful and respectful adaptation.
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A slightly OT note on Enders Game and the upcoming movie based on it. I am not looking forward to this movie. What I remember about the book is that is was a very well written piece of storytelling. The story itself did not really stick in my memory. What often happens with adaptations of popular novels is that some Hollywood suit, who cannot see past dollar signs, will finance something like this, invest heavily in special effects, and hire some hack to write a script that hits all of the "endearing plot points" of the novel. What often doesn't happen is attention to story telling.

The best adaptations actually deviate from the details of the book because the writers and producers understand the difference in the two mediums. A good example was The World According to Garp. The movie deviated quite a bit from that 600 page book. The middle third of the novel was condensed into a one minute scene. To do otherwise would have made the move overly long and tedious, and it was done in a way that tied the two ends of the story together.

An example of of bad adaptation was Dune. That was an example of cut'n paste of scenes from the book pasted into a screenplay, with way more screen time given to Stings character than necessary. A decision based on the desire to attract an audience who would buy a ticket to see Sting act. A far more important character, the native leader Stilgar, gets two whole lines of dialog. Dialog written by Herbert is tied together in a mis-mash fashion by a hack writer, making no attempt to match style, resulting in characters with bipolar IQ's.

End of rant.

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go into the movie thread to see my quick review of the movie.
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After reading about it forever, I finally read Lolita. It's my new favorite monster story. Definitely more Poe than pron.

Now I'm reading Marina and Lee. So far, Oswald comes across as more of a creep than Monster, but I'm only a third through.
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After reading about it forever, I finally read Lolita. It's my new favorite monster story. Definitely more Poe than pron.

Now I'm reading Marina and Lee. So far, Oswald comes across as more of a creep than Monster, but I'm only a third through.
My late father in law, a retired marine, knew Oswald in the corps. He thought Oswald was a D**S***. (His words) He also didn't think Oswald was smart enough, or a good enough shot, to have done that alone.

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Right now, I am reading a lot for my thesis, but for fun I just finished (ironically enough) Heels on Wheels: A Lady's Guide to Owning and Riding a Bike by Katie Dailey. A quicky, but very cute read.

Now, I am browsing Bicycle: The History by David V. Herlihy. So far, I am enjoying it. It is a nice read about the history of the very machine I have come to love.
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Finished listening to Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser.

Started listening to Coward's Kiss by Lawrence Block, one of my favorite authors.
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I saw the movie of Dune before reading it. I like the movie more than the tv series, but I am curious about what would have been shot by other potential directors, such as Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott.
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