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Old 06-22-2010, 01:07 AM   #11
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Usually I read two books at a time; one of them is a "light" no-brainer, the other one makes you think. Right now I'm reading "Watchers" by Dean Koontz (a no-brainer) and "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins (makes you think) So far both of those books are really good.

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Old 06-22-2010, 01:12 AM   #12
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I just got back from the library. I picked up Oil! by Upton Sinclair and As I Lay Dying by Faulkner. I want to start reading some classical authors as I haven't read any books from that genre outside of required reading in school. I started reading the latter book and it seems like it's going to be a really quick read. I'm not sure if it's been made into a movie yet, but if it hasn't it seems like the type of book that would make a seamless transition to the big screen. It could be a really good character study type of movie.
I assume you're talking about As I Lay Dying...since Oil! was (loosely) adapted into the film There Will Be Blood.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:45 AM   #13
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Usually I read two books at a time; one of them is a "light" no-brainer, the other one makes you think. Right now I'm reading "Watchers" by Dean Koontz (a no-brainer) and "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins (makes you think) So far both of those books are really good.

I use the same method! Usually have one non-fiction and one or two fiction(s) going at the same time.

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Surprising to say, but I've read Stiff twice now. I'm a big fan of all of Mary Roach's work. Her writing style of a layperson with an insatiable curiosity about science and history, with a healthy dose of blasphemy and sarcasm suits me very well.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:59 AM   #14
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Right now, I'm reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma". by Michale Pollan

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Old 06-22-2010, 01:59 AM   #15
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Just finished reading "To the White Sea", by James Dickey (author of "Deliverance"). To me, it was a perfect book... a survivalist story-line, set in WWII, but so much more. A story of transformation. Simple, clear writing. It drew me in, and challenged me on several levels.
Maybe check out the blurbs on amazon if you're interested. I will read "To the White Sea" again, highly recommended.

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Old 06-22-2010, 11:39 AM   #16
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"Turn Coat" by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files )

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Old 06-22-2010, 12:41 PM   #17
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+1 on The God Delusion (Dawkins). Recently read that and enjoyed it. Currently reading Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell. I've got a stack of several other books that I hope to get to soon.

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**** My Dad Says is HILARIOUS. Very fun and quick read
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I assume you're talking about As I Lay Dying...since Oil! was (loosely) adapted into the film There Will Be Blood.
Yeah, I'm talking about As I Lay Dying. "Loosely" is a good term to use to describe the relationship between Oil! and There Will be Blood. From my understanding, Oil! is written from bunny's point of view whereas TWBB is based on his father with the son playing a supporting role. And I believe that Paul Thomas Anderson only used the beginning of Oil! for his film and then the two plots begin to separate.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:46 PM   #20
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just finished A wolf at the table by Augusten Burrows. pretty good, a lot darker than his other stuff.

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