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Old 05-20-12, 03:29 PM
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Read any good books lately?

doesn't even have to be C&V bike related. you start....
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Old 05-20-12, 03:54 PM
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I've been reading up on the textbook great novels lately, the great gatsby, slaughterhouse five, that lot atm I'm too busy reading for a paper, but I'm trying to get through infinite jest, by David Foster Wallace. 600 pages in and love every word of it. Plus some dutch stuff too but that's not really accessible for the most of you.
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I recently read "Six Wheels Northward" by Gary Bishop, it's a journal type book about Ian Hibell, John Bakewell and Of course Gary Bishop try to ride from Cape Horn South America to Cicle City Alaska. 20,000 miles of Crazy. They did this in the 60's when the roads were only planned and what they had to go through was incredible.
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William Shirer's "Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934–1941"

Incredible insight into the coming storm of the Nazi regime.
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Not as educated I just read Stephen kings new book. Before that I read mark cavendishes book
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Not as educated I just read Stephen kings new book. Before that I read mark cavendishes book
The new Dark Tower? Is it good?

It's been a few years, but I've been meaning to reread Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. That's slightly BF related, at least
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Yes it's real good, it doesn't continue from the last book it's more I between book 4 and 5
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"A Lonely Kind of War" about USAF FAC pilot in Vietnam. Some of Sue Graftons Alphabet murders. I started "40 and Home the untold story of B 24s in the pacific" but haven't gotten far.


I read it a few years ago but "Unbroken A story of WW2 Survival" is very good. It is about Louis Zamperini and was written by Laura Hillenbrand. fabulous book. (I think I did skip a few pages of the POW camp stuff though) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Zamperini

* edit* I just though of another for you CSI fans "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the birth of forensic medicene"


Do any of you have those new fangled E-Readers?
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Heard that was a good one BG.

I knew I'd like this thread. Hope others agree.

last one, in a similar vein, was With Wings Like Eagles. One of the best accounts of the Battle of Britain I've read.

Just starting Peter Carey's The Chemistry of Tears. I like almost anything by him.
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1898: The Birth of The American Century by David Traxel. BTW, it does have some interesting info on how much impact bicycles have had on this country.
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Overthrow by Stephen Kinzer, just leaves you shaking your head.

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BG. Wife has an I-pad she reads on. I still like printed books.
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"Bicycle Mechanics in Workshop and Competition" by Steve Snowling. Some good stuff.
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BG. Wife has an I-pad she reads on. I still like printed books.

E-reader devices are to books what Kool aid is to fine wine.
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Does anyone really want to know?

I'm currently reading Patrick O'brian's Master&Commander series for perhaps the 6th time. There are 20 and a fraction books in the series. I'm currently in The Surgeon's Mate, which is think is #6. It's like comfort food. But there are some parts you shouldn't start reading a 11:30PM unless you don't need any sleep that night.

I recently finished John Gribbin's In Search of Schroedinger's Cat and Schroedinger's Kittens and the Search For Reality.

Prior to that Amy Snyder's Hell On Two Wheels.
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This:



Although I've experienced firsthand one fire at sea, it was nothing compared to this. One of the saddest stories ever in the history of our modern Navy - offset by examples of unparalleled heroism.

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The Voyage by Philip Caputo

All the Pretty Horses and Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

And the Ass saw the Angel by Nick Cave

Lone Survivor by Marcus Littrell

I read a lot, but don't tell anyone.

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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
I've been reading up on the textbook great novels lately, the great gatsby, slaughterhouse five, that lot ...
yeah, i stick with the classics also. 'slaughterhouse' is vonnegut's best. i love 'mr. rosewater,' 'mother night,' and 'player piano' too. his others are worth a nod, but leave me feeling less than moved upon successive readings. a few others that studied/taught at the university of iowa are more acclaimed, including irving and o'connor. 'wise blood' is one of the very best.

I've been meaning to reread Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...
that's the most heavy-handed book i've ever read. if you wish to grow great contempt for a mechanic, read that.

i had a nephew and a niece graduate from high school this week. neither is a reader, but like my own uncle, i hope to inspire them both to invest in the classics. i gave my nephew kosinski's short 'being there,' and my niece, salinger's 'catcher.' catcher was probably banned in her oklahoma high school, so she might at first be attracted to the naivety and language. we'll see...

me? i'm in a real slump. hope to get back on track this summer with a mingus bio, thomas mann, james jones, etc. it's always a joy to bike to the park, sit under a tree and lose myself in a good book.
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Old 05-20-12, 05:51 PM
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This:



Although I've experienced firsthand one fire at sea, it was nothing compared to this. One of the saddest stories ever in the history of our modern Navy - offset by examples of unparalleled heroism.

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The JOOD the night before was an instructor of mine, 1978.
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The JOOD the night before was an instructor of mine, 1978.
Interesting...can you share details? What type of instruction?

I'll never forget seeing a short video from the ship's PLAT camera when at my Recruiter's office. The video was used as a tool to indoctrinate newbies into understanding what would be expected of them as part of a ship's crew.

The Navy's firefighting school was renamed after Chief Farrier, the flightdeck firefighting team chief who was directing efforts to cool the bombs that fell onto the deck from McCain's aircraft when they cooked off well before they were expected to.

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Seems to be a thread of sailing books here; I'm most of the way through "Two Years Before The Mast". It's a great counterpoint to one of my all-time favorites, "The Sea Wolf".
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Back to Bikes! I just finished "Major", Todd Balf's biography of Major Taylor. Some amazing stories of a 1900-ish cyclist with great track racing exploits and the spectrum of responses to the fact that he was a black man. Read the whole darned thing on my iPhone's Kindle app...
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Interesting...can you share details? What type of instruction?

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Physics, if I remember correctly. At the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI, right next to OCS and two blocks from the Chaplain school. Nice guy, obviously very much affected by it. I think his roommate was the JOOD that fateful night.

Really brought home the need to pay attention in Damage Control classes later on. Yes, even for jarheads.

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