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    Quote Originally Posted by Flystripper View Post
    I will have to check it out...I enjoy fantasy
    Have you read any of the Wheel of Time? Sanderson's finishing the last (3-part) volume for the late Robert Jordan. Both writers at the top of the quality list for the genre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalCoug View Post
    Have you read any of the Wheel of Time? Sanderson's finishing the last (3-part) volume for the late Robert Jordan. Both writers at the top of the quality list for the genre.
    I read like 8 of the Wheel Of Time books and then put them down when Jordan died thinking that there will never be an ending. I will have to pick them up again ... I do hope Sanderson can bring the series to a conclusion that is worthy of the series.

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    The Devil in the White City by Eric Larsen.

    Its about a serial killer in Chicago during the 1890's leadng up to the world fair. I'm about 1/3 through and it is a fascinating book so far. I'm curious to see how it turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    Read "Love is a Mixtape" last weekend. Just started reading "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs."
    I'm starting to wonder if DDD and Chuck Klosterman are the same person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flystripper View Post
    I read like 8 of the Wheel Of Time books and then put them down when Jordan died thinking that there will never be an ending. I will have to pick them up again ... I do hope Sanderson can bring the series to a conclusion that is worthy of the series.
    Having read 3 of his books, I think he'll do it justice.
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    I just finished reading the first of a three part series: Dante and Virgil's Totally Awesome Adventure in Hell

    The Divine Comedy is a great book, especially in Italian because it rhymes. The inscription above the Gates of Hell is especially descriptive:

    Per me si va ne la città dolente,
    per me si va ne l'etterno dolore,
    per me si va tra la perduta gente.

    Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore;
    fecemi la divina podestate,
    la somma sapienza e 'l primo amore.

    Dinanzi a me non fuor' cose create
    se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
    Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'entrate.

    (Through me the way into the suffering city,
    through me the way to the eternal pain,
    Through me the way that runs among the lost.

    Justice urged on my high articifier;
    my maker was divine authority,
    the highest wisdom and the primal love.

    Before me nothing but eternal things
    were made, and I endure eternally.
    Abandon every hope, who enter here.)


    And so it begins....
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    Finished Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, just started The Beach tonight.

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    I'm about done with Great Powers by Thomas P.M. Barnett

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    The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Historical novel about the Battle of Gettysburg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scall View Post
    The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Historical novel about the Battle of Gettysburg.
    Great book, I have read that a couple of times.

    I am currently reading The Brothers Karamazov but am having a hard time getting started. Might not happen until I am on vacation in a week and a half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scall View Post
    The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Historical novel about the Battle of Gettysburg.
    That is one of the best books on Gettysburg I've ever read. It really brought it to life for me. I also like his sons work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    That is one of the best books on Gettysburg I've ever read. It really brought it to life for me. I also like his sons work.
    I'm going to read Gods and Generals next.

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    You are all too intellectual for me. I'm reading "Scientific Progress Goes Boink (Calvin and Hobbes).

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    I am currently reading David Weber's newest By Heresies Distressed.

    I am going to have to go to Barnes and Noble soon to find titles to restock my request list at the library
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    Ulysses by James Joyce--- on the recommendation of Benjamin Linus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USS Utah View Post
    Finished this one earlier this week:

    The Battle of the Huertgen Forest by Charles B. MacDonald
    I just found this one on my shelf, you might like it as you seem to be into WWII.

    If you Survive by George Wilson. It is story of a replacement infantry platoon leader in the 4rh Divsion. He joins the Division shorly after D-Day and serves to the end of the War. It includes a lot of details about the 4th's role in the Hurtgen and the Battle of the Bulge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flystripper View Post
    I read like 8 of the Wheel Of Time books and then put them down when Jordan died thinking that there will never be an ending. I will have to pick them up again ... I do hope Sanderson can bring the series to a conclusion that is worthy of the series.
    I just finished Sanderson's Mistborn series.

    I have no doubt that he will bring the Wheel of Time to a worthy conclusion. I thought the Mistborn trilogy (and its ending) was outstanding.
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    I am reading George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. Very good reading. Four books are out. Three more are expected to complete the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    I just found this one on my shelf, you might like it as you seem to be into WWII.

    If you Survive by George Wilson. It is story of a replacement infantry platoon leader in the 4rh Divsion. He joins the Division shorly after D-Day and serves to the end of the War. It includes a lot of details about the 4th's role in the Hurtgen and the Battle of the Bulge.
    Read it a few months ago, loved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    The Looming Tower.
    I'm reading this for a second time. It should be required undergrad reading. I've start bait and switch by barbrah eirenreich, about the difficulty of making it with a college degree. I also picked up meet you in hell about henry fricke and andrew carnegie. I just finished a book called the eliminationists, a book about how right wing talk radio is fueling extremisn. I thought it was so-so and unbalanced

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    War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk

    Wouk's sequel to Winds of War, both of these historical novels of World War II are masterpieces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalCoug View Post
    Have you read any of the Wheel of Time? Sanderson's finishing the last (3-part) volume for the late Robert Jordan. Both writers at the top of the quality list for the genre.
    Ha, I'm such a closet geek with my Wheel of Time series. It's the only fantasy I read, and I have to hide it behind a Cosmo on mass transit to avoid very strange people striking up unwanted conversations with me. I've been reading it this summer and am currently on Book 9, Winter's Heart. It's intelligent writing, though people rightly complain about too many minor characters and subplots.
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    I have been reading the side of my cereal box. It offers the advantage of efficiency, a conclusion every morning without cliffhangers, and I can keep up wiht that wacky leprechaun's latest antics.
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    I also picked up Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto at Powells Bookstore in Portland. Looks interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Funk View Post
    Ha, I'm such a closet geek with my Wheel of Time series. It's the only fantasy I read, and I have to hide it behind a Cosmo on mass transit to avoid very strange people striking up unwanted conversations with me. I've been reading it this summer and am currently on Book 9, Winter's Heart. It's intelligent writing, though people rightly complain about too many minor characters and subplots.
    I read the first two novels in the series and was overwhelmed by the sense that Jordan loves to drag his feet. That was enough for me.

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    I started Simon Scarrow's Centurion. It is the Bernard Cornwell mold of historical fiction.

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    Read High Fidelity last weekend.

    So, without further adieu, my top 5 songs of 2009 so far:

    1. Guy Eyes by Animal Collective - after the breakdown when the diverging harmonies finally come together you get to hear pure bliss.

    2. Folds in Your Hands by Passion Pit - as fist pumpingly awesome and danceable as the best best tracks from last year's MGMT album.

    3. While You Wait for the Others by Grizzly Bear - crashing guitars, soaring harmonies, and one of the best voices in current music.

    4. Marrow by St. Vincent - super cute girl makes great pop song and assassinates guitar somewhere in the middle. What could be hotter?

    5. All for the Best by Thom Yorke (original by Miracle Legion) - nice electro beat, but when the blaring guitar feedback line splits off into separate drum stick ticks, magic happens. Bonus for Andy Yorke's awesome backing vocals.

    Honorable mention: Bull Black Nova by Wilco - nice little Krautrock rhythm which turns into an awesome guitar noise freakout courtesy of Nels Cline.

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    Now reading Heroes & Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys.

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    I finished Dante's Inferno over the weekend.

    I think I'll read 1776 again, as I'm sure I'll learn a few things that I missed the last time I read it.
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