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Old 09-27-2007, 11:53 PM   #1
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Default What are you reading, or, alternatively, any good books?

What's everybody reading? Besides the normal beer related literature, of course.

I just finished More Terrible Than Victory which is a regimental history of the NC 1st/11th Bethel Regiment. Before that was Gates of Fire, a work of historical fiction on the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae. I'm now reading a history of my home county (Harnett, NC) which is interesting since I've combed pretty much the entire county and it has a lot of interesting tidbits I didn't know. On deck is Team of Rivals, a look at Lincoln and his cabinet, particularly how he picked some of his worst enemies to serve on his cabinet.

Yes, I like history and historical fiction. I did read Potter #7 just to mix it up some. I also read Clifford books, well, about every day ~7pm.

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Old 09-28-2007, 12:13 AM   #2
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I like Sci-Fi myself, especially the real sci-fi. If you've never read the series, I'd suggest the Dune series by Frank Herbert. There's a lot of human intrest lessons you can pick up from that whole series. They have something called 'Spice Beer' that I'd love to try and replicate. Darn, now I've got an idea to try and bring to life.

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Old 09-28-2007, 12:21 AM   #3
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I just read Megis by my friend Mike Genrich. It's very unusual, so it was a bit strange. He writes about the area here and turns that into novellas. I'm now into One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and have a Dostoevsky novel on the list. My favorite is Crime and Punishment.

I mostly read trash, though. You know, the mindless stuff with no real social redeeming value at all. I read alot of that!

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Old 09-28-2007, 12:25 AM   #4
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Give Shadow Divers a look. My daughter and I both enjoyed it a lot. My youngest son wanted me to read it to him but it was a little rough around the edges for his age group.

It is a true story about deep sea diving and the exploration of a U boat found off the shores of Jersey or somewhere around there.


or Freakonomics, my daughter recommends that one.

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:06 AM   #6
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Since June:
Atlas Shrugged
Harry Potter 5&6,7 twice, and a Harry Potter fan novel
The Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy.
Just starting the Bourne Ultimatum

Just for the record the only thing the Bourne movies have in common with the books are the titles. The books are really good.

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:33 AM   #8
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Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind (I love me some nerdy fantasy novels)

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No doubt a have to is A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca.

It's about a mexican american growing up in az and nm going from jail to jail and eventually learning how to read and write in prison and changing his life. One of the most depressingly uplifting books i have ever read. I recommend it to everyone i know and thus far it has made it into 4 of my friends top 5.

Also, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn is a great book about humanity and some of our problems as a species. It's a fiction narrative with the main character being a depressed man and a gorilla. Awesome.

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Hubris. A detailed look at how intelligence was used to justify going to war in iraq.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

Robber Barons by Mathew Josephson. A look at oil and railroad magnates of the late 1800's early 1900's.

Jeez, I need to relax and read something on the lighter side.

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