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Rocketboy

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I've been on a pretty decent reading kick as of late and I'm looking for something new.

Not too long ago, I finished Chuck Bariss' Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Very good book, a lot better than I expected. For those that don't know, "Gong Show" host Chuck Bariss claims he while he created shows like "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" he was also an assassin for the CIA. Not so sure I believe his claims, but as you read the book you almost want to believe it. Saw the movie afterward and was really disappointed by it.

Also recently read Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas. It's about title character Odd Thomas, a guy that can see dead people. That is where the similarities with The Sixth Sense end - this book is actually entertaining. It ran a little bit long at times for me at times though.

Just finished a very old an d beat up copy of Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo. Also very good and scary in a "I couldn't imagine" type of way. Imagine being a WWI soldier and getting blown to bits and surviving but you have no arms, legs, eyes, teeth, and a tongue.
If you've ever seen the Metallica video for "One" they play clips of the '71 movie version in it.

Currently, I'm in the middle of Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and The Partly Couldy Patriot by Sarah Vowel.
TAS is decent but nothing special. The latter is a collection of articles, essays, and pieces she did for various magazines and NPR. Pretty good, but politically nerdy stuff.

I'd like to find Gregory McDonald's Flecth Won. All the bookstores near me don't have any in stock. The possibilty of Kevin Smith doing a new, book faithful version (maybe with Zach Braff as Flecth) has snagged my curiosity.
Has anyone read Motley Crue's The Dirt? Saw it the other day, but passed. I didn't really want to spend $15 on a paperback that I'm not so sure I'd like.

Anyone have a summer reading list...
or just a reading list in general...
or just finished reading anything?
 

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i plan on reading books that pertain to Greek and Norse mythology to further expand my knowledge.

other than that, i usally collect "Art Of" books. i love to read and study all the concept art and learn what the artsist did to achieve the design. since i'm taking art classes then moving onto computer anaimation classes these books do help out a lot. i have a huge collection of them, spanning from Star Wars to Anime/Video Games.
 

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Right now im reading Force Heretic 3 and I hope to finish that by the end of the week so I can read the last two of the NJO in Alaska (two long plane rides). :D I hope I can finish them.. but I found out that theres a gym at the marriot- so Im gonna be in there a lot.. (Is it hard to read on a treadmill..? I dont have a treadmill but run 3 miles a day at my old middle school's track right by my house) Ok.. back to books. IF i finish NJO when Im in alaska I will be able to purcahse Dark Nest 1 when im in Northern CA (auburn). Then after that maybe I'll read Zahn's trillogy and dulogy.. but I do have to read some junk for school: Huck Finn, Ethan Frome and Genesis (bible). Not too bad, but I have to do a lot of essays and junk with Huck Finn.

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jjreason

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Right now I'm reading "Road to Hell", which is a book about how outlaw motorcycle gangs became the leading organize crime faction in Canada. It's moving along pretty well. The last book I read before that was "Labyrinth of Evil" (twice) and the novellization of EpIII. I'm winding up for the big release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, but was kind of hoping to go over part 5 again before I started it. Might not be enough time.

A friend recommended Chuck Pahlaniuk (sp?), who wrote "Fight Club", so I checked that book out. It's quite good, and quite faithful to the movie :D .

I also enjoy reading Stephen King and Elmore Leonard, pretty typical stuff.
 

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I'm currently reading the ROTS novelization and a horror collection called "From the Borderlands." Prior to that I read "House of Blood" by Bryan Smith, "Shadows of the Empire" (first time!), and "In the Night Room" by Peter Straub.

Looking over my reading list for the past year it seems to be dominated by horror, with entries from Stephen King (Christine, Green Mile, Pet Sematary), William F. Nolan (Nightworlds), Richard Matheson (Hell House), Peter Straub (Houses Without Doors, Lost Boy Lost Girl) and Michael Crichton (Andromeda Strain).

Throw in a sprinkling of scifi/fantasy with L. Ron Hubbard (Battlefield Earth) and Douglas Addams (Dirk Gently series).

I'm getting tired of horror though, it's just too damn depressing. All those people getting killed, mangled bodies and such. So time for something more uplifting or lighter in tone. Maybe a historical account - I think "1776" by Richard McCullough looks interesting. I've never read any of Harry Potter's adventures so I might start on them.
 

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I've been reading just an odd collection of books,none to be in a real set genre or series like I normally read.So far,I have finished rereading "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury and currently reading "Something Wicked Comes This Way" and "The Toynbee Convector" also by Bradbury.In the same SciFi/Paranormal vein,read Slyiva Browne's "Secrets and Mysteries of the World". Wasnt a bad book,found that very interesting.

Also finished awhile back "The Making of a Surgeon" by William Nolen. The book was certainly dated by todays standards,but I liked the way it was written.Has some good bits of humor injected in.

I plan on reading "Hot Lights,Cold Steel" by Michael J. Collins and the lastest Harry Potter of course.I'd like to read "Ideas & Opinions" By Albert Einstein,but dont know if I'll get there before summer ends :crazed:
 

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jjreason said:
A friend recommended Chuck Pahlaniuk (sp?), who wrote "Fight Club", so I checked that book out. It's quite good, and quite faithful to the movie :D .
Not sure what's harder: spelling or pronouncing his name! :D
I want to read his new one, Haunted, a collection of short horror stories that, according to what I've heard (which may be just publicity), some people have actually passed out from reading it.
 

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Those are some good choices there Rocketboy! What do you think of Confessions? It seems hard to belive that its true but then again??? Johnny Got His Gun nice bedtime reading huhh? Johnny is probably one of the most messed up books I have ever read. If you want to go up in time a bit Slaughterhouse Five is another nice bedtime reader.;)

As for me I'm currently working my way through the OT, currently I'm at ESB. A memoir by David K. Webster called Parachute Infantry. Mr. Webster was a Screaming Eagle, he was in the 101st Airborne during WW II and this tells his tale (he was one of the characters in the Band of Brothers mini-series). I'm constantly reading historical books that range from French and Indian War, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812 etc. through World War II.

As I posted in another thread I'm eagerly awaiting the newest Harry Turtledove book Drive to the East. Also on my can't wait for list is Band of Brothers by Alexander Kent who has written a series based during the era of tall ships, if you like Master and Commander then you'd like this series.
 

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I'm a teacher, and an English teacher at that. My students go to the beach or the mountains on their breaks; I go to the library.

This summer:
- The Uses of Enchantment Bruno Bettelheim (about fairy tales' value, George Lucas was inspired by it to write SW)
- Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman (another Lucas influence, this time on the Prequels, but less interesting than T.U.of E.)
- the 7 Chronicles of Narnia books
- Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
- The Bridges of Madison County James Waller (just wanted to read what all the hype was about those years ago: eh :ermm: )
- Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little E.B. White (the latter was hilarious! )
- Remembering Woolworth's Karen Plunkett-Powell (nice nostalgic look back a the early 5 & 10 store chain)
- others that I forget right now.

Last summer:
28 different books, almost 9000 pages. Loved every minute of it. The greatest thing about reading is that one must take time to do it. It is a conscious effort, and IMHO, better than almost any film. Mostly.
 

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I recently finished Zorro by Isabel Allende. A mega-talented Latin American writer tackling the tale. Until Gabriel Garcia Marquez writes the book where Luke finds out about his mother, this will be the coolest crossover book of this sort ever written.

I'm currently reading Memoirs of a Geisha. This seems to be another excellent book thus far.
 

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El Chuxter said:
I'm currently reading Memoirs of a Geisha. This seems to be another excellent book thus far.
A friend of mind read Memoirs of a Geisha and she loved it, I believe it is going to come out as a movie in November.
 

Rocketboy

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JimJamBonds said:
Those are some good choices there Rocketboy! What do you think of Confessions? It seems hard to belive that its true but then again??? Johnny Got His Gun nice bedtime reading huhh? Johnny is probably one of the most messed up books I have ever read. If you want to go up in time a bit Slaughterhouse Five is another nice bedtime reader.;)
Confessions... was great read. I want to believe Bariss, because he really makes it seem plausible, but on the other had, it was guy from the flippin' Gong Show! :D
Johnny... was so real life scary. It was indeed messed up.
I've read Slaughterhouse Five. Another great one. A bit hard to follow initially, IIRC.
JimJamBonds said:
A memoir by David K. Webster called Parachute Infantry. Mr. Webster was a Screaming Eagle, he was in the 101st Airborne during WW II and this tells his tale (he was one of the characters in the Band of Brothers mini-series).
Loved B.O.B. (the miniseries - haven't read the book...yet). I may have to check that one out.
JimJamBonds said:
Also on my can't wait for list is Band of Brothers by Alexander Kent who has written a series based during the era of tall ships, if you like Master and Commander then you'd like this series.
Didn't Ambrosewrite that? Or is it another book with the same name?
 

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Forgot to mention a few others...

Kevin Smith's Silent Bob Speaks - a collection of the writer/director's various articles from the past few years. You know a guy can tell a good story when he talks about his poop and makes it interesting. He also rants about thing like Spider-Man, his hatred for "Greasy" Reese Witherspoon, the making of "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back," his hetero love affair with Ben Affleck, lap dances, and more.

Not so sure they count as books, but I read a few of the "Sin City" graphic novels (The Hard Goodbye and Booze, Broads, & Bullets). Still ticked I didn't get a chance to see the movie...
 

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Rocketboy said:
Didn't Ambrose write that? Or is it another book with the same name?
You are correct on both accounts, Amrose (who on the whole I think isn't worth the hype) wrote Band of Brothers about Easy Company of the 506 PIR, 101st Airborne Div. during WW II. This other Band of Brothers is by a different guy who writes historical fiction and is set during the tall ship era. I think this one will be just prior to the American War of Independence.
 

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jjreason said:
A friend recommended Chuck Pahlaniuk (sp?), who wrote "Fight Club", so I checked that book out. It's quite good, and quite faithful to the movie :D .
I read Fight Club, Choke, Lullaby, Invisible Monsters and Diary last summer. I think I liked Choke the best (only because the movie ruined Fight Club) but they were all interesting (albeit wierd) reads.

Right now I am reading "Squandered Victory" by Larry Diamond - a book about the US in Iraq.
I just finished "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells because I'd never read it before
and "Hound of the Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle because I had never read that before either.
 

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While camping I read 2 books and got a loittle more than half way through a third.

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith novelization. Parts of it are better than the movie (Anakin's seduction to the dark side, for example). And there were a few mentions of expanded universe stuff that shouldn't have been in there, IMO (how many besides hardcore fans know who Ventress is?).

Found a copy of Gregory McDonald's Flecth Won. Good, funny, fast paced stuff. I definitely see Kevin Smith doing this book as a movie.

About half way through Iris Chang's The Rape of Nanking. In December 1937 the Japanese army invaded the Chinese city of Nanking and went ****ing berzerk. In as little as six weeks, they brutally murdered an estimated 300,000 Chinese people. In the process of the killing, they savagely raped as many women as they could find (and age didn't matter), looted and burned much of the city to the ground. The Japanese soldiers had fun doing it too. They made up games with the killing, such as seeing how many can they behead in an hour or how fast can they kill 100 people. Sick, disturbing, and all too real.
 

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Others read so far:

- The Ways of White Folks Langston Hughes
- Harry Potter & the H-B Prince JK Rowling (a little small press, cult following book ;) )
- Ishmael Daniel Quinn (a very interesting dialogue about life and the people of the world)
Currently reading:
- The Story of B Daniel Quinn (see above)
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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Re: Reading! (did I mention that I love to read?)

A few more reads...

My Ishamel Daniel Quinn (a different version of the very interesting dialogue about life and the people of the world; it's the "end" of that series of stories)
O Pioneers! Willa Cather
That puts my book count at 20, roughly 4900 pages... and counting! :)

Cuurently starting A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I can't remember if I've read the entire book before (I know I was tested on parts of it in a high school class). Need to remind myself of Joyce's style before I tackle his Finnegan's Wake; Joseph Campbell was married to this book, I believe, since he wrote about it, oh I'd say maybe ONE-HUNDRED MEEELLION TIMES!
Also trying to find a library with a decent copy of The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Skikibu, possibly the world's first true novel, written by a Japanese woman about 800 years ago, I think.
 

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Here are a few more I've finished...
The Rain God Arturo Islas (an interesting Mexican-American story of culture clashing and maturing)
The Wedding Dress Carrie Young (a collection of stories about Norwegian settlers in the Dakotas)
The Poorhouse Fair John Updike (my first Updike read, his first novel; a weird 1984 meets Driving Miss Daisy story)
Dark Nest I: The Joiner King Troy Denning (read my review of it in its own thread here).

I think that puts me at 25 books at around 6300 pages this summer. My goal is always to reach at least 20 in the summer (c'mon! it's almost 3 months worth of "free time" off :rolleyes: ). BTW, I keep a list (anyone who knows me, knows that "Bel-Cam" is an anagram for "list maker" ;) ) of all the books I've ever read, at least as many as I can recall or find proof (minus comic books, magazines, trivia books, really short books, or kids picture books). It's at 560 books, of which 193 are Star Wars ones. And I hope to keep it growing! :D
 

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Bookos I read a long time ago and recommend... My favorite book is Autobiography of Malcolm X. Reading about his change from criminal to militant firebrand, to the path of peace is amazing. Reading about his experiences in Egypt and Mecca (I think it was Mecca), and his realization of what Islam is really about was very touching. Then, reading the epilogue about his assassination and funeral brought tears to my eyes.

After seeing "Bram Stokers Dracula" at the movies I wanted to erad the book, and it was great.

Currently reading the newest SW book - Joiner King.