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Old 11-13-05, 11:00 PM   #101
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Yup. Interesting reads, though both written as an attempt at catharsis / excising some personal demons. An interesting rebuttal to "into thin air" was written by anatoli something-or-other (bourchev?), a guide on one of the teams that lost people who was criticized a bit by krakauer.

One of these days we'll pick up his latest, on the LDSers, which should be interesting...
I read everything Krakauer puts out, like you I enjoyed Into the Wild better than Thin Air, but they are so different. Yes you should read "Under the Banner of Heaven", it is so well written and researched. You will walk away with a thorough understanding of the LDS church, and you'll gain some profound insights of religious fundamentalism, enough food for thought to choke a painted pony!
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Old 11-14-05, 10:04 AM   #102
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I listened to Krakauer read "Into Thin Air" on book on tape last month when I went to visit my Dad. I'm interested in his, "Under the Banner of Heaven", because I recently read The "Mormon Murders" true crime book.

I just finished reading "A Man Without a Country" by Kurt Vonnegut, last night. Great stuff for people who are already fans of his work.
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Old 11-14-05, 11:52 AM   #103
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I am reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. It is a great book.
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Old 11-20-05, 08:40 PM   #104
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Re-reading Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Reading Pope Joan by Lawrence Durrell at the same time.
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Old 11-22-05, 09:25 PM   #105
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Making my way through W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage. Fantastic read. I have been reading it everywhere I go; even when shopping with my girlfriend.

Also reading Infidelity for First-Time Fathers by Mark Barrowcliffe. He's not as funny or readable as Nick Hornby but I just can't get enough of British humour. Oh yeah, my girlfriend thinks it's a how-to manual and she gives me the evil eye every time she sees me reading it. It's fiction, pure fiction - even though she doesn't buy it.
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Old 11-22-05, 09:30 PM   #106
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Old 11-22-05, 11:44 PM   #107
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Old 11-25-05, 11:42 PM   #108
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Just finished Maugham's Of Human Bondage. Loved it! A great read. I must say that reading a good book while my girlfriend did her shopping was a grand idea. I read the bulk of it at the mall today and when we came home I couldn't put it down.

So of course I must read some more on this lazy weekend so I've started Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. I couldn't help also starting on Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage.
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Old 11-26-05, 12:03 AM   #109
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A few minutes ago I finished reading Saturday, by Ian McEwan. Very good book! I'd highly recommend it.

Now, I need to go through my piles of books (yes, I'm a biblioholic) and choose what to read next. Maybe some non-fiction . . .
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Old 11-26-05, 02:40 PM   #110
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A few minutes ago I finished reading Saturday, by Ian McEwan. Very good book! I'd highly recommend it.

Now, I need to go through my piles of books (yes, I'm a biblioholic) and choose what to read next. Maybe some non-fiction . . .
That is a good book, his other book is also great. Somebody is giving you good recommendations.
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Old 11-26-05, 03:28 PM   #111
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I've been looking at those Krakauer books--with Shifty's recommendation above I'm definitely going to pick one up.
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Old 11-26-05, 04:28 PM   #112
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I've been looking at those Krakauer books--with Shifty's recommendation above I'm definitely going to pick one up.
All of Krakauer's books are well worth reading. I'll recommend them, too.
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Old 11-26-05, 04:28 PM   #113
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That is a good book, his other book is also great. Somebody is giving you good recommendations.
Who could that be? Powells.com??
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Old 11-26-05, 10:32 PM   #114
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Dessert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.

Very strange book, but very enjoyable.
This is one that I read every three or four years, and I end up with a trip to Moab every time I do. If you liked this non-fiction book, you might try his fun novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, terribly fun and characters that I want to hang out with.

You are on a roll with books about the American west there Brillig, good for you.


Here is one of the strangest books you'll ever read The Circus of Dr. Loa by Charles G. Finney circa 1935. You may have to search for this one, a good library should have a copy, or search online, they are out there. Finney was an English professor at the Univ. of Arizona when he wrote this book in 1935.
Ziggy, this is a must for you.
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Old 11-26-05, 11:08 PM   #115
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Speaking of Moab, Basin and Range, by John McPhee is a good non-fiction book about the geology of the West.
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Old 11-27-05, 08:58 PM   #116
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Speaking of Moab, Basin and Range, by John McPhee is a good non-fiction book about the geology of the West.
I'm a huge McPhee fan, it's hard to go wrong with any of his books.

I've lost track of how many of his I've read, but I'll haven't read Basin and Range. I'll definitely have to read that next.
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Old 12-08-05, 09:26 PM   #117
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Here is a recommendation for a holiday novel:

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

Crazy funny tale of Christmas in a small town on the California coast. If you have read other books by Moore it has the same characters.

Happy Holidays ya'all!
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Old 12-09-05, 09:26 AM   #118
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Yoritomo And The Founding Of The First Bakufu - Jeffrey Mass

Interesting and slightly revisionist view of the Kamakura Period of medieval Japanese history. Its perspective is mainly upon the far reaching socio-political ramifications of the ascendancy of the military class (which was to last close to 800 years), but by necessity also covers the key military campaigns.

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Old 12-09-05, 01:32 PM   #119
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I am one of those annoying people that reads several books at once. There is a big stack next to my reading chair and I simply pick up whatever I am in the mood for and read a chapter or two.

Here is an inventory of the current stack:

An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afganistan by Jason Elliot
Word on the Street: debunking the myth of a "pure" standard english by John McWhorter
A Long Line of Dead Men by Lawrence Block (fiction)
Enough Rope by Lawrence Block
In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
I love L.Block, his books are incredibly entertaining, not thought provoking or emotionaly draining, just fun.
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Old 12-09-05, 01:42 PM   #120
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Reading now: Join Me.

By Danny Something, some Brit. Tries to start a 'collective' (not a cult) by getting people to send him a passport photo, but doesn't tell them what they're joining. So far, its a Riot.

Weird 'philosophy' book: Wild Animus. They were passing it out free at the state fair last year. Its pretty damn weird. But I'll tell you why it was free: It Sucks.
they were giving that away outside of the Borders on State and Randolph in Chicago, my restaurant collected 5 that people left at table.
I cnat get more then 5 pages read in a sitting(about 40 total). I wouldn't have gotten that far except I really don't like watch TV when i'm bored.
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Old 12-09-05, 06:46 PM   #121
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Old 12-10-05, 04:30 PM   #122
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Another Robert Landrum book, The Janson Directive.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:59 PM   #123
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Old 12-21-05, 02:03 PM   #124
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Old 12-21-05, 02:16 PM   #125
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After a spell of not reading much (dang, do 13 month olds have a lot of energy and want a lot of attention!), I kick-started my winter reading with something extremely light last weekend and read the first Artemis Fowl book. It's fun to root for both the good guys and the criminal genius! Also, I like reading far-off kind of fantasy stuff when it's freezing and snowy outside, so started reading George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones from this A Song of Ice and Fire series. Hopefully it lives up to the hyped reviews I have read. It's escapism for me...
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