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One of the things I do is historical reenactments, I've been putting together a new "persona" (a member of the Corps of Topographical Engineers) so I've been reading info on historical survey's and other exciting stuff like that. :squareeye
 

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I hadn't posted any of my recent readings here for a while, so I might've forgotten a few. I actually have not had a much time as I used to read, but I sneak in a couple here or there.

- The first 12 books of the Series of Unfortunate Events (these are great, even if they're supposedly for kids! there's a lot of allusions and comments that I'm certain most kids might miss, and they're around 200-300 pages each, so they'll take some time to finish)

- Casino Royale (my first Ian Fleming James Bond novel... and my last one; ugh)

- SW: Dark Nest III (not too bad, but not too great either)

- SW: Dark Lord (this was one of the best SW novels I've read, ever, not just recently, with quite a bit of insider info into the mind and body of Anakin/Vader)

I'm about 1/3 through a mystery/crime novel Something Borrowed, Something Black by Loren Estleman (not bad so far)
 

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I've been bogged down by Dark Nest III: Swarm War for a while myself. I just cannot get interested in those stupid bugs!
 

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I just finished Richard Matheson's I Am Legend a few hours ago.

Wow, how the hell I've missed reading this book until now is beyond me. I am glad I did, though.

After reading the ending, I can see why Matheson's work was natural for use on The Twilight Zone.

It was great to finally read a novel that I enjoyed and I'd certainly take 100 more novels like I Am Legend over much of the "classic literature" being forced onto me in college.
 

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James Boba Fettfield said:
I just finished Richard Matheson's I Am Legend a few hours ago.
I want to read that one too but someone lost/stole the copy from the library. They did get in Matheson's Hell House, which is a pretty decent haunted house story. I Am Legend was made into a watchable sci-fi flick called the Omega Man with Charlton Heston. Heston plays the last healthy man on Earth after a plague wipes out most of mankind and mutates the remaining survivors. It was parodied on one of the Simpsons THOH episodes ("Homega Man," I think).

Heston made quite a few sci-fi films in the late 60s early 70s, which is probably what killed the genre until Star Wars revived it :D

Oh excuse me, my microwave Soylent Green is done.
 

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I almost bought Hell House, too, but decided against it. Then I almost bought a three volume set that collects his short stories, but didn't do that either. I thought I should read I Am Legend and the selection of short stories it includes first to see if I like his writing style. I do, too. The man is clear and to the point and he seems (so far) to know how to end his stories in a way that you don't know what's going to happen until you finish the last sentence.

I've been curious to see The Omega Man before I knew about the novel's connection. I think there was another movie inspired by it with Vincent Price, too.

However, I would hope I Am Legend receives a proper movie adaptation that stays a bit more faithful to its source material because this novel would make a kick *** movie.
 

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You'd think vampires would be pretty mined out by now. Still, with the popularity of Underworld and Blade franchises, we might see a faithful adaptation of I Am Legend. Though they'd probably turn it into a dark surbuban comedy or something.

Has anyone picked up a copy of Stephen King's new one, Cell? The plot is a twist on the "Night of the Living Dead" with cell phones being the primary vector for the infection after a mysterious "pulse" turns users into vicious maniacs.

It's gonna be awhile till I get a chance to read it since the library website says my position in the holds queue is #20. :upset:
 

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I'm holding out hope for it to be done, Ji'dai. My fear is that too many people will think it is a ripoff of other sources when in fact Legend is usually being borrowed from by the new stuff.

I haven't started reading Cell, but I did pick it up on Sunday after much thinking and Guyute telling me to "get it now." The dedication to Matheson in the book is why I picked up I Am Legend.

I also picked up Keene's two dead books (The Rising, City of the Dead) and two horror anthologies (Dark Delicacies, The Dark Descent). I went on a kick where I decided it's time to start expanding my personal library and what better way to do that than to get some horror in there.

Been too long since I've read any horror...except for that college course in Poe last quarter.
 

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For reasons unknown to me and because I already have a big stack of books to read, I decided it would be a good idea to pick up Matheson's Hell House, Richard Laymon's One Rainy Night, and Robert McCammon's Swan Song.

First it was the dvds, now it's the books. Where will the needless buying stop?
 

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- Casino Royale (my first Ian Fleming James Bond novel... and my last one; ugh)

Need to give old Ian another try, Bel. My fave is From Russia with Love. Read it at least three times.

John Gardner and Raymond Benson picked up the mantle and wrote some good Bond books, too. Benson also wrote the two Splinter Cell books, too.

Alistair MacLean is one of my favorites: the Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra. The master storyteller, he is.

Jack Higgins is a good fast read. I have gotten through some of his more recent works in a weekend.

Read a lot of military history books, too. Reading one about Hitler and the bunker at home.

I also thoroughly enjoy Jude Watson's SW books. Bought the latest in the Last Jedi series; haven't read it yet.
 

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I finished reading Unexplained Mysteries of World War 2 by William Breuer. Not bad,although some things have been reported as inaccurate. Mostly just a fun read for rarely heard stories of WW2,certainly wouldnt take much of its historical accounts.
 

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Right now I'm reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich for about the 10th time. It's absolutely my favorite book ever and I plan on reading the damn thing over and over until the pages fall out.
 

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InsaneJediGirl said:
I finished reading Unexplained Mysteries of World War 2 by William Breuer. Not bad,although some things have been reported as inaccurate. Mostly just a fun read for rarely heard stories of WW2,certainly wouldnt take much of its historical accounts.
Sounds interesting. I might have to pick that one up.
 

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Meesa said:
Right now I'm reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich for about the 10th time. It's absolutely my favorite book ever and I plan on reading the damn thing over and over until the pages fall out.
I just finished up all 1,200+ pages of Rise and Fall so now I'm onto Inside the Third Reich written by Alber Speer, Hitlers personal arcitecht turned armaments minister who alot of historians call the most honest Nazi since he didn't deny anything at Nuremburg and was honest about everything. He was sentenced to 20 years in Spandau prison (the same prison Hitler was imprisoned in in 1923 for his failed putsch) and that is where he wrote these memoirs.

I've also started reading The Da Vinci Code. I didn't buy it, I borrowed it and I just wanna see how much the movie was like the book since I liked the movie.
 

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I'm about half done with End of the Beginning. Its a follow up book of alternate history by Harry Turtledove. In the first book Days of Infamy Japan not only attacks Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941 but they invade and take the Hawaiian Islands. In this book the American's are mounting an attack against Japan, the ground forces are about to land.....
 

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Circa pg 100 in Triple Zero, I would love to finish it before Betrayal comes out at the end of the month. Also just finished the Great Gatsby, which I thought was sooooo absolutlely pointless! Have any of you guys read it?