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    Moby Dick

    Man, that Ahab had some major unresolved resentments.
    Il faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace

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    Gravity's Rainbow (again)

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    Just finished Les Miserables and I REALLY liked it. Hugo is the man (The Huntchback of Notre Dame was great, too).

    I'm also reading the Bible for the first time, a chapter or two a day, so that will take a while.

    And Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, for the second time. This is great, too, for simple tips to being a more peaceful person.
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    Ed McBain.
    i love me some hard boiled fiction

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernesto Schwein
    Gravity's Rainbow (again)
    Yah, I'm thinkin' I may read it (again.)
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    Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. A little sci-fi to lift me away from the real world for a while.

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    Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson
    Yah, I'm thinkin' I may read it (again.)
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    Gravity's Rainbow (again)
    "A screaming comes across the sky."

    what a way to start a book, Pynchon is brilliant.
    One of may all time favourites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek
    "A screaming comes across the sky."

    what a way to start a book, Pynchon is brilliant.
    One of may all time favourites.
    and he has a new one coming out soon, 900+ pages worth

    http://www.themodernword.com/pynchon/index.html
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    Pretty Birds by Scott Simon. His first novel, not bad for a newscaster. I can recommend it, not too many stories set in the Serbian war of the early 1990's.
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    This thread.

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    I haven't read anything in a while, and I've been thinking about getting Mein Kampf. Has anybody ever read it?


    P.S: I am no Nazi, so don't go saying some stupid sh* like "OMG u natsi!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
    I haven't read anything in a while, and I've been thinking about getting Mein Kampf. Has anybody ever read it?


    P.S: I am no Nazi, so don't go saying some stupid sh* like "OMG u natsi!!!"
    I think you can get a free copy from Dick Cheney's office, that and old Soviet manuals on controlling political free speech, and torturing detainees.
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    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty
    I think you can get a free copy from Dick Cheney's office, that and old Soviet manuals on controlling political free speech, and torturing detainees.
    !!! hah !!!
    funny

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    I'm reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers, pretty entertaining so far!!
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    how fantastic to find a website that, when it's not all about bikes (which is fine by me), still has time for books! i'm reading The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin, an Irish fellow who writes beautifully. This one's set in Ireland during the Troubles, but so far it's a very quiet and gentle story about an ageing judge and his recollections of his past and particularly his family. i'm sure there's going to be some sad stuff down the track but so far it's meditative and just a tad melancholy.

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    I'm reading The Habsburgs, the history of the Holy Roman (and Austro-Hungarian) Emperors(esses).

    God, it's dull.

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    Yoritomo and the Founding of the First Bakufu: The Origins of Dual Government in Japan - Rereading this one, a fairly detailed monograph on the beginnings of the feudal system that was to last 800 years.

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    I just read 'Hell's Gates' by Paul Collins.

    Its about the cannibal convict Alexander Pearce - his escape through the Tasmania wilderness from Macquarie Harbour and his dining experiences along the way! It's not the gruesome sensationalist read you'd expect.

    Incorporates a fair bit of Tasmanian history into the book - I have a few books on both Tasmanian history and natural history.

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    I flew over Macquarie Harbour and landed on the Franklin River. Hell's Gate is the entrance to the harbour IIRC. Nice part of the country.

    I read a book a few years ago called The Fate of Franklin or something - it was about the John(?) Franklin, erstwhile governor of Van Diemen's Land, and the leader of the British Polar Expedition that disappeared in the 1840s. The book was fairly turgid in parts but reasonably interesting otherwise.

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    That would be awesome. I've been there too. We met some old ducks who'd been on a scenic flight over the southwest - they raved about it. We went on a tourist cruise boat down Mac harbour and through Hells Gate in a 2m swell. Fan-vomitasitic. The drive from Hobart to Strahan is throught some very rugged country. Glad I didn't have to hike it with some semi-crazed starving convicts.

    Worst pizza ever at Strahan BTW. Like a warm salada bikkie with tomato sauce on it. Hopefully it has improved for the discerning junk food connissuer in the last ten years. Top meals at some of the historic mansions that are now guesthouses though.

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    John Irving's 'Until I Find You.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    That would be awesome. I've been there too. We met some old ducks who'd been on a scenic flight over the southwest - they raved about it. We went on a tourist cruise boat down Mac harbour and through Hells Gate in a 2m swell. Fan-vomitasitic. The drive from Hobart to Strahan is throught some very rugged country. Glad I didn't have to hike it with some semi-crazed starving convicts.

    Worst pizza ever at Strahan BTW. Like a warm salada bikkie with tomato sauce on it. Hopefully it has improved for the discerning junk food connissuer in the last ten years. Top meals at some of the historic mansions that are now guesthouses though.

    We had fish & chips in Strahan, they were ok. We spent ten days driving around Tassie. I made sure I read the Fatal Shore before I went, but we only met one person there who had actually read it (and he was a Pom!) Most of the Tasmanians had read that crappy Bryce Courtney book though, which when I eventually got around to reading wish I hadn't.

    If I remember I post some photos of Macquarie Harbour from the air as some of them were pretty amazing - though they didn't scan as well as I'd have liked.

    Did you go up the chairlift in Queenstown?

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    Here are the photos.
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