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    I'm going through the Dickens catalog and currently on Hard Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiyero View Post
    I'm going through the Dickens catalog and currently on Hard Times.
    What a coincidence, I'm currently going through the Vivid Video catalog and am also on "Hard Times."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    Now reading Heroes & Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys.
    I think I gave my dad this for father's day once. The beach boys have an interesting and sad story all there own, mostly because of Murray Wilson.
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    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumNFeather View Post
    I think I gave my dad this for father's day once. The beach boys have an interesting and sad story all there own, mostly because of Murray Wilson.
    I'm barely into it and the thing is pretty brutal. It starts with Dennis Wilson on the brink of collapse at 39 married to a 19 year old. Oh yeah, that 19 year old is also the illegitimate daughter of Mike Love, Wilson's first cousin!

    I just barely started into the part where they're developing Murry Wilson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    I'm barely into it and the thing is pretty brutal. It starts with Dennis Wilson on the brink of collapse at 39 married to a 19 year old. Oh yeah, that 19 year old is also the illegitimate daughter of Mike Love, Wilson's first cousin!

    I just barely started into the part where they're developing Murry Wilson.
    There is another one called "The Nearest Far Away Place" which I think focuses strictly on Brian Wilson which I hear is also interesting.
    "They're good. They've always been good" - David Shaw.

    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    I haven't read Animal Farm since the sixth grade but apparently it is the origin of great thinking. I'll have to pick up a copy.

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    Book 2 of the Dark Tower Series.

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    The Art of War....by as Tony Soprano would call...SHOON ZOO.
    Loved the Dark Tower Series. I was really worried when he got hit by the van that he would die and not finish it.

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    I finished the Simon Scarrow book and am starting the new Harry Turtledove novel, Hitler's War. It is an alternative history using the premise that Chamberlin never signed the Munich Accord.

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    When Thunder Rolled: An F-105 Pilot Over North Vietnam by Ed Rasimus.

    Rasimus flew 100 missions over North Vietnam between May and November 1966. The first few chapters recount his trip to Thailand and his first missions with the author trying to figure out how he can get out of combat flying without being a complete coward. After the first mission he figures he can do one more before quitting, and then another, and another until he has more than ten missions under his belt. By then pride in a job well done, and hatred for his flight leader take over.

    Rasimus puts you in the cockpit and takes you on a thrill ride over the North. He talks about the difference between fighter pilots and pilots who just happen to be flying fighters. He compares the tougher missions to the adrenaline rush of stealing hubcaps as a youth in Chicago. He didn't need the hubcaps, but reveled in the thrill of being chased after the fact.

    This book is fantastic!

    Now I am jumping right into the sequel, Palace Cobra, which is about Rasimus' second tour in the Vietnam War as an F-4 pilot flying the same missions against the same targets, in a war we weren't trying to win but fighting not to lose.
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    I read 1776 today. I was hoping to pick up Donald's Lincoln but the only copy was checked out at the library (It's a sad pathetic library here - I miss the SLC library, that place is amazing). The jacket of this caught my eye as I have been meaning to read it for awhile now. It was awesome. I learned quite a bit, including who Hugh Mercer was. There is an elementary school named for him close by.

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I read it a couple of years ago and decided to read it again.

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    Finally finished Devil in the White City last night. It was a little bit of a letdown, but I still learned a lot about Chicago at the turn of the century and how many things we have today that are a result of the world's fair.

    Moving on to Gladwell's Outliers.
    "They're good. They've always been good" - David Shaw.

    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    I started reading The Last Jihad series. It started out interestingly enough, but by book three, I realized that I had stumbled onto a smarter version of the Left Behind series. The upside is that the books have some interesting projections of what future world events will transpire (the guy's story line had a 9-11 type attack before 9-11 happened) and there is no profanity or sex. The downside is that it gets progressively evangelical and supernatural (starting with the 3rd book in the series The Ezekiel Option). It still is a pretty interesting and quick read and there are verw full dull moments.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    I started reading The Last Jihad series. It started out interestingly enough, but by book three, I realized that I had stumbled onto a smarter version of the Left Behind series. The upside is that the books have some interesting projections of what future world events will transpire (the guy's story line had a 9-11 type attack before 9-11 happened) and there is no profanity or sex. The downside is that it gets progressively evangelical and supernatural (starting with the 3rd book in the series The Ezekiel Option). It still is a pretty interesting and quick read and there are verw full dull moments.

    If Rush says you must read it then I bet it is great and loves America.

    I am still mad at myself for reading Left Behind. I read the first one and hated it, but some sickening sense of need to complete things made me read 3, maybe 4 more. I never finished and even though I have no desire to read the books, I still feel like I need to so that I don't leave a series unread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    If Rush says you must read it then I bet it is great and loves America.

    I am still mad at myself for reading Left Behind. I read the first one and hated it, but some sickening sense of need to complete things made me read 3, maybe 4 more. I never finished and even though I have no desire to read the books, I still feel like I need to so that I don't leave a series unread.
    I have never ever listened to Rush's show. I don't even know what station it's on locally. I was intrigued by the buzz created when several elements of his books ended up happening shortly after he wrote about them. After reading, I think the buzz was overstated (shock!), but the first 2.5 books of the series were pretty enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    I have never ever listened to Rush's show. I don't even know what station it's on locally. I was intrigued by the buzz created when several elements of his books ended up happening shortly after he wrote about them. After reading, I think the buzz was overstated (shock!), but the first 2.5 books of the series were pretty enjoyable.
    Was book #1 called "The Ezekiel Option"? (Side question should the ? have gone inside the quotation marks there? I debated that one for a minute in my mind) I bought that one in an airport and never started it because I fell asleep on the plane. I can see it on the bookshelf from where I am sitting now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Was book #1 called "The Ezekiel Option"? (Side question should the ? have gone inside the quotation marks there? I debated that one for a minute in my mind) I bought that one in an airport and never started it because I fell asleep on the plane. I can see it on the bookshelf from where I am sitting now.
    The order is

    Last Jihad
    Last Days
    Ezekiel Option
    Copper Scroll
    Dead Heat

    The funny thing is that the first book opens with the president's motorcade being attacked on I-70 driving from DIA to downtown Denver. I started reading it on a flight to Denver from Philly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Was book #1 called "The Ezekiel Option"? (Side question should the ? have gone inside the quotation marks there?

    If you're British, the ? goes outside.
    If you're American, the ? goes inside the "

    When I taught in Europe I continually caught grief from my students for writing it "wrong" on the board. Damn limey colonizers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    IDamn limey colonizers.
    Isn't that "coloniser"? I have no idea if that'z correct or not, I just know the Britz like to avoid uzing z's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueHair View Post
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I read it a couple of years ago and decided to read it again.
    I recently read the author's follow-up to this one, called A SPOT OF BOTHER and enjoyed it quite a bit.

    I just finished BLOOD MERIDIAN and am still having some nightmares about some of the imagery. Holy crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    If Rush says you must read it then I bet it is great and loves America.
    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    I have never ever listened to Rush's show. I don't even know what station it's on locally.

    Holy crap someone's finally offended Indy. Who'd a thunk it would be HFN, calling Indy a DittoHead.

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    Right now, I'm reading two books - "Wizard's First Rule" (again) by Terry Goodkind, when I'm downstairs, and "Mistress of the Empire" (again) by Raymond Feist, when I'm upstairs.

    My wife thinks I'm crazy for reading books more than once. She's probably right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalCoug View Post
    Right now, I'm reading two books - "Wizard's First Rule" (again) by Terry Goodkind, when I'm downstairs, and "Mistress of the Empire" (again) by Raymond Feist, when I'm upstairs.

    My wife thinks I'm crazy for reading books more than once. She's probably right.
    I liked Wizard's First Rule. I received it as a gift from a friend who loved the series and he thought I ought to give it a read. Have you read any of the other 2 books?
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    Quote Originally Posted by il Padrino Ute View Post
    I liked Wizard's First Rule. I received it as a gift from a friend who loved the series and he thought I ought to give it a read. Have you read any of the other 2 books?
    There's actually 10, and I've got the entire series. Extremely good series of novels.
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    I recently finished 1491. And no, SU, I didn't read it to find archeological evidences of the Book of Mormon. Very interesting book and it does a very good job at giving an overview of the varied societies in the Americas and how technologically advanced they were. The primary goal of the book is to dispell the concept that Native Americans were a bunch of nomadic wanderers that blended in with nature rather than organized societies that molded nature to suit their needs and in some instances how their technological advances were a vital part of the technological advancement of Western Civilization. It wanders in a couple of places, but overall is a worthwhile read.

    http://www.amazon.com/1491-Revelatio.../dp/140004006X

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalCoug View Post
    There's actually 10, and I've got the entire series. Extremely good series of novels.
    10? Wow. I've only heard of the first three.

    I was flipping through the channels the other day and came across a tv series based on the books. The actress who portrayed Kahlan wasn't very attractive so I stopped watching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    I recently finished 1491. And no, SU, I didn't read it to find archeological evidences of the Book of Mormon. Very interesting book and it does a very good job at giving an overview of the varied societies in the Americas and how technologically advanced they were. The primary goal of the book is to dispell the concept that Native Americans were a bunch of nomadic wanderers that blended in with nature rather than organized societies that molded nature to suit their needs and in some instances how their technological advances were a vital part of the technological advancement of Western Civilization. It wanders in a couple of places, but overall is a worthwhile read.

    http://www.amazon.com/1491-Revelatio.../dp/140004006X
    That sounds very interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by il Padrino Ute View Post
    10? Wow. I've only heard of the first three.

    I was flipping through the channels the other day and came across a tv series based on the books. The actress who portrayed Kahlan wasn't very attractive so I stopped watching.
    Legend of the Seeker - I watched the entire season. It's "based on" Wizard's First Rule, and definitely draws from it, but they take a lot of liberties with it, and many of the storylines in the series did not occur in the book. It's by the guy who did Xena, and it is very reminiscent of that series. It is much closer in quality to Xena than to Wizard's First Rule - many of the fans of the book series hate the show.

    I thought it was okay, and I plan to watch the second season, as well.
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    I actually picked up a copy of Atlas Shrugged. I'm only a few pages in and the things is over 1,000 pages long. I guess by the time I finish I will finally find out who John Galt is.
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