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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby mike renfro » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:24 pm

I just finished J Patterson's Private Games. He changes the names of athletes, but not totally ridiculous. The previous novel I read was P D James' "Death Come to Pemberley". It is a continuation of Austin's Pride and Prejudice. James tried to write in the style of Austin, and I found it a hard slog at first, but got into it. Dame James can write a little. After she finished off the Dalgleish series, I assumed she would retire. It was a few years, but I guess she got bored. I hope she doesn't channel Hawthorne next :-(
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Tue May 29, 2012 12:03 pm

After a couple of months of brain candy from Elmore Leonard and Sue Grafton, I finally picked up a copy of The Hunger Games last night (have not seen the movie). If the Regionals TNs don't show up on time it's because I decided to play hooky and keep reading :twisted:

I'm totally enthralled.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby kuha » Tue May 29, 2012 2:27 pm

For the current writing project: Richard Manning's "Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics, and Promise of the American Prairie" (1995) [brilliant]; and William Least Heat Moon's "PrairyErth" (1991) [shaggy, baggy, and too long, but so far worth the effort].
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gm » Tue May 29, 2012 7:53 pm

"Buried Prey" by John Sandford

Another thrilling Lucas Davenport book.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Tue May 29, 2012 8:53 pm

LOVE Sandiford! And now I see that not only do I not have Buried in my collection, a new one came out a couple of weeks ago.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Daisy » Wed May 30, 2012 5:38 am

I've been working my way through 'The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology' by Horace Judson.

This is not a recent book but it is timeless in laying out the players and discoveries that kick started molecular genetics. It really brings out the character of the scientists involved as well as a genuine behind the scenes look at the work that goes into producing the polished papers that end up being published.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby TN1965 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:32 pm

Just finished Salazar's "14 minutes."

Interesting read on how his career went wrong, and how that experience is helping him as a coach.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Anthony Treacher » Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:52 am

Coincidentally "Brighton Rock" by Grahame Greene. The peripheral character Ida Arnold has an implacable belief in Right and Wrong that I recognize. She will not let a cover-up pass either.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:47 am

gh wrote:After a couple of months of brain candy from Elmore Leonard and Sue Grafton, I finally picked up a copy of The Hunger Games last night (have not seen the movie). If the Regionals TNs don't show up on time it's because I decided to play hooky and keep reading :twisted:

I'm totally enthralled.


And now I pounded my way through the second one, getting up at 04:00 in Des Moines to finish off the last 20 pages because I feel asleep after a late post-meet dinner.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby catson52 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:19 am

gh wrote:
bambam wrote:....
I hope you're right about World at War 1939-45 because I got it for my iPad 2 days ago


You into it? I'm about 40% done and absolutely blown away. Surprisingly, it's my first exposure to Hastings and if his other stuff is half as good as this I'll devour it. The most compelling historical read I can recall.

The sequence on the Eastern Front left me shivering, and now that I'm in the fall of Singapore and Burma,I wonder how some of the old Colonial Brits (and to lesser extent, Aussies) could look themselves in the mirror at the way they treated the "subjects" of their Empire.


Good points raised by GH and others re the WWII and the Eastern Front. The Western Press has done a dandy job in generally not pointing out what happened following the launching of Operation Barbarossa. Some simple stats. (1) German loss of material and men from 6/22/41 through DDay. Over 90% of all losses on the Eastern Front. (2) On DDay only ~15% of German Forces were on the Western Front (not including those helping the Italians on the south), whereas ~70% was tied up on the Eastern Front.

A good look at the history of the British Empire shows it basically running down from about 1850 onwards. The Crimean War (what an idiotic poem by Tennyson - one of my favorite poets - "The Charge of the Light Brigade"), the Mahdi in Sudan, the Boer War, and then the total loss of sensible leadership in the trench warfare of WWI as well as places like Gallipoli.

As far as the Aussies are concerned, the less said the better. Having lived in Australia during the "Whites Only" days, first hand experience suggests many followed up their convict based heritage.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:47 am

Speaking of WW! and the trenches and complete lunacy, I remember reading this awhile back.

http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/20 ... r_4th_time
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:40 pm

I just finished Robert Harris's latest novel The Fear Index about a mathematical hedge fund manager. Great read. I am a big fan of his novels.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:57 pm

gh wrote:
gh wrote:After a couple of months of brain candy from Elmore Leonard and Sue Grafton, I finally picked up a copy of The Hunger Games last night (have not seen the movie). If the Regionals TNs don't show up on time it's because I decided to play hooky and keep reading :twisted:

I'm totally enthralled.


And now I pounded my way through the second one, getting up at 04:00 in Des Moines to finish off the last 20 pages because I feel asleep after a late post-meet dinner.


And the last couple of nights at the NCAA and on the ride home I finished book III. Even though that meant that I was soooo close to finishing when we landed that I actually got off the plane and sat in the departure area for 15 minutes before heading off to get my car so I could wrap it all up. Eager to see the movie now!
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:20 pm

What, did we all give up reading over the summer?!

With so much time in hotel rooms/on planes I steered clear of my normal dose of "intellectual" reading and instead went for visceral pleasures that could be grabbed in tiny doses. Spent lots of time catching up on the Elmore Leonard canon. I think I've now read 40 of his 44 books. Came across a great character in The Cool Kid who is a U.S. marshall chasing bank robbers in depression-era Oklahoma. Not sure it wasn't originally sketched out as a Raylan Givens project. Everything fits (which also means it was a great read if you're into that kind of stuff).
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Cooter Brown » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:47 pm

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen is about a 100 years or so of seafaring by sailors from Marstal, Denmark. It's about 2/3rds a classic. In the last third, the tone of the book shifts so jarringly it's like another author wrote it. Regardless, I still recommend it highly.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Per Andersen » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:06 pm

gh wrote:What, did we all give up reading over the summer?!

With so much time in hotel rooms/on planes I steered clear of my normal dose of "intellectual" reading and instead went for visceral pleasures that could be grabbed in tiny doses. Spent lots of time catching up on the Elmore Leonard canon. I think I've now read 40 of his 44 books. Came across a great character in The Cool Kid who is a U.S. marshall chasing bank robbers in depression-era Oklahoma. Not sure it wasn't originally sketched out as a Raylan Givens project. Everything fits (which also means it was a great read if you're into that kind of stuff).

It might be just me but I have tired a bit of Leonard. I was a huge fan the 80's but haven't read much since Maximum Bob. Tried Djibouti but I found it rather weak and too clever. Did not work.
Also got a bit tired of all the "clever" small time crooks.

I now prefer Michael Connelly, especially the Harry Bosch books.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:31 pm

I would say that Leonard's writing has clearly stepped up a notch since the Maximum Bob days. I'd call that his early-middle period.

do agree about the clever small-time crooks however. Ole Elmore clearly has a soft spot in his heart for the slightly shady people in life.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby aaronk » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:32 am

Just as with movies, I'm an avid reader as well.
Have read at least 2660 books, almost evenly divided between F and NF.
I usually have several books going at once, and always have one novel going.

Currently, in the fiction category, I'm reading a novel by Lisa Beth Kovetz called "The Tuesday Erotica Club".
An alluring title, and a good concept, but thus far, after 28 pages read (it's 332 pages), I find it slow reading.
It's about a lady lawyer who organizes a reading group in her large firm, with 40 women joining at first.
They read normal books, not necessarily about sex.
But as time goes on, the ladies get bored and drop out.
To try to save the club, its founder decides to have the women WRITE an erotic fantasy and then read it before the group.
And that's where I am right now in the book, as they read their works, and the reactions of the 4 women left in the group.
I hope it gets better!!

The non-fiction I'm reading is another book (I've read about 15 or more!!!) about Sarah Palin, but this one is written by her father and older brother, both named Chuck Heath (Sr and Jr).
I bought it on Tuesday (Sept 25), its day of release, and am about 90 pages into it.
The book is written by both dad and son, with each writing an alternate chapter, giving their own view of things.
After 90 pages, it has SOME stuff about Sarah, but it's been mostly about Alaska and the outdoors life of hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, etc.
Also about the history of Alaska.
Both of them were or are teachers, so they have some interesting tales to tell.
Most of the stuff about Sarah I already know, but they give some heretofore unknown "inside" tidbits that keep the pages turning!!

Interesting sidenote to its purchase.
Both Barnes and Noble and Target did NOT have it on Sept 25. B&N usually DO have books on the 1st day of release, so I was surprised.
My solution?
I went to THE most liberal bookstore in town, and THEY had it!!
SHOCKER!!
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby aaronk » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:44 am

BTW, as an addendum to my previous post, I've read MANY books about Track and Field, including FIVE by T&FN co-founder Cordner Nelson!!
Favorite T&F books were The Milers by Cordner Nelson (history of the mile through 1984), No Bugles, No Drums, an autobio by Peter Snell, Ron Clarke Talks Track, a book-long Q&A with him about his races, opponents, etc, the 2 Roberto Quercetani histories I have, Athletics and Long Distance Running, the little "memoir" by Gerry Lindgren (autographed by him when I met him at a reading here), The Silence of Great Distance by Frank Murphy, which is both a history of women's distance running and a detailed account of the tragedy of Kathy Ormsby, the former collegiate runner who, during the NCAA 10K in 1986, ran off the track during the race and disappeared. She'd kept running to a bridge, jumped off it, and is now paralyzed for life!!

Also, the FIRST track book I read was Archie's Little Black Book, by an old guy named H. Archie Richardson.
He came to our high school (North Hollywood CA) in early 1962, and sold a copy to every member of our track team.
It's really fascinating, even now!!

I've read fiction books about the sport too.
Right now, can't think of which are my favorites,.
(Although I WROTE a novel about running, never published, called The Chain, in 1977. It concerns a possible boycott---I call it a "GIRLcott", because it's organized by a woman!!---of the Moscow Olympics in 1980, because they don't have distance events for women!! The "girlcott' is successful, and a marathon is added. The winner sets a WR of 2:30:54!! I'm in the book (as a fictional character) as her volunteer coach who has an affair with her!! :D Interesting, because I wrote it in 1977, and there actually WAS a boycott.....but for different reasons!!
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby jeremyp » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:01 am

Rachel Maddow: "Drift." Brings us up to date on the ever expanding growth of military/Industrial power. She does have a Ph. D. in politics from Oxford. We may have our soldiers out of Iraq and will withdraw them from Afghanistan but our expensive contractors will still be there in the thousands, with far less oversight than the military gets.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Friar » Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:06 pm

Coming Apart - Con' theorist Charles Murray's latest is not nearly as substantial as
The Bell Curve but it's ok. Coins the phrase "Super Zips."

Lucking out - How a letter of recommendation from Norman Mailer got 19yo James Wolcott to leave school and start at the Village Voice.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby kuha » Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:19 am

Most recent titles (that I can remember). All nonfiction & recommended:

Richard Manning, "Grassland"
Stephen Greenblatt, "The Swerve"
Geoffrey Kabaservice, "Rule and Ruin"
Jeffrey D. Sachs, "The Price of Civilization"
Richard Wilkinson, "The Spirit Level"
Stephen Ambrose, "Undaunted Courage"
Michael Hiltzik, "The New Deal"
David Eagleman, "Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain"
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Flumpy » Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:30 pm

I'm currently reading J.K. Rowling's 'A Casual Vacancy' along with the rest of the country.

I'll follow that up with Katie Price's magnum opus 'In The Name of Love' :mrgreen:
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Conor Dary » Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:36 pm

I just started 538's Nate Silver's new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby dukehjsteve » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:47 pm

The Secret Man Bob Woodward

Killing Lincoln Bill O'Reilly
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby bambam » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:27 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:The Secret Man Bob Woodward

Killing Lincoln Bill O'Reilly


By Bob Woodward, just finished The Price of Politics this weekend- pretty good read. Amazing how little the pols (on both sides) care about the American people and care only about getting re-elected.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby kuha » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:05 pm

Have read the Tyler Hamilton book and "The Dirtiest Race in the World" back to back and am feeling really good about the glory and purity of sport. The first was very good, the second merely good (but still definitely worth reading). Now I'll go back to less depressing material--bios of serial killers, perhaps.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:30 pm

I'm reading myself to sleep most nights now with the brainless (yet Spencer-evocative entertainment) of Sue Grafton's alphabet series.

But about to start this

<<In 2008, a Dutch woman on a guided trek through Uganda climbed gamely down into a remote, sunken cave - a cave better known for the few indolent pythons underfoot than for the tens of thousands of bats that teemed overhead. For several minutes, she and her party peered into the darkness and breathed the hot, pungent air, as they gingerly stepped across rocks slick with bat guano.

It was 13 days later, back home in the Netherlands, when the woman felt the first flush of illness; soon, her fever climbed, her organs failed, she went into a coma. Her shocking death was traced to a pathogen called Marburg virus: a rare (so far!) infection related to Ebola and harbored in African fruit bats.

David Quammen's "Spillover" catalogs the terrible and growing list of diseases that pass to humans from animals, and it isn't only misguided tourists who meet disaster in his grim tale. Australian parrot brokers catch psittacosis from their cockatoos. Bangladeshi climbers of date palm trees frequented by fruit bats contract Nipah virus. Neighbors of goat farms in the Netherlands come down with "Q fever."...>>


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Spi ... z2E1iN1bXq
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby kuha » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:23 pm

Actually, I've just discovered the Richard Stark "Parker" series, which looks like it will be pretty good fun--definitely a break from more serious stuff.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby dukehjsteve » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:39 pm

11/22/63 Stephen King
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby 26mi235 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:35 am

It seems that I have been working my way through Stephen Ambrose books without really intending to. Am currently on Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869.

I read Band of Brothers this fall and D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II in the spring or summer. I read Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West a couple years back. I picked up Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944 - May 7, 1945 at a library book sale this weekend (winter vacation?). Interestingly, these are all written consecutively, except the railroad book, written after ac couple more.

An oddity I did not know until now; he was an undergrad and PhD student at UW-Madison and played three years on the football team.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:27 am

I guess I now have enough bathroom reading (should that be as separate thread? :mrgreen: ) for the rest of my life.

The 12,000-entry version of Roger's Profanisaurus, Das Krapital.

billed as "the revolutionary dictionary of bad language."

Hands up everybody who knows to what "the Fifth Marx Brother" refers. (and no, it's not a Margaret Dumont reference)
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Daisy » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:31 pm

gh wrote:I guess I now have enough bathroom reading (should that be as separate thread? :mrgreen: ) for the rest of my life.

My TFN magazine usually end up in the bathroom reading rack. Interestingly, both my kids enjoy reading it.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby lonewolf » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:25 pm

Working thru my Xmas books.. currently reading "Empire of the Summer Moon" a well-documented history of Comancheria, the mid-continent realm of the Comanches 1800-1900.
sobering in the accounts of reciprocal atrocities committed by both whites and Indians..

Personally intriguing because my maternal Confederate veteran great-grandfather and Comanche great-grandmother survived the the 1860s-70s on opposite sides of the conflict.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:02 pm

Just finished reading "The Fiddler on Pantico Run" by Joe Mozingo. Joe is a writer for the Los Angeles Times and in searching his family history, he discovers ancestors from Africa. It's an interesting book with an interesting look at our history.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby Master Po » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:09 pm

gh wrote:Hands up everybody who knows to what "the Fifth Marx Brother" refers. (and no, it's not a Margaret Dumont reference)


OK, am pretty sure I know this one. But -- following the request -- am not providing an answer.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby bambam » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:14 pm

Conor Dary wrote:I just started 538's Nate Silver's new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't.


I thought that was only OK. I thought I would like it more than I did. It seemed to ramble a bit.

Currently reading "The Founders on Finance" - more in my passion to read as much as I can about the USA in the revolutionary period. Lots on Alexander Hamilton (my founding father hero) and Albert Gallatin.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby gh » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:42 pm

Master Po wrote:
gh wrote:Hands up everybody who knows to what "the Fifth Marx Brother" refers. (and no, it's not a Margaret Dumont reference)


OK, am pretty sure I know this one. But -- following the request -- am not providing an answer.


There was no request.... I simply said "hands up" as a common expression of when you ask something totally obscure and expect to see a room where virtually nothing happens. If you'd like to share the bit of scatology, be my guest!
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby kuha » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:26 pm

bambam wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:I just started 538's Nate Silver's new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't.


I thought that was only OK. I thought I would like it more than I did. It seemed to ramble a bit.


I just finished this on a long plane ride. I really liked it. I did like the first few chapters more than some of the later ones, but overall I thought it was both serious and interesting.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Postby 26mi235 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:37 pm

kuha wrote:
bambam wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:I just started 538's Nate Silver's new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't.


I thought that was only OK. I thought I would like it more than I did. It seemed to ramble a bit.


I just finished this on a long plane ride. I really liked it. I did like the first few chapters more than some of the later ones, but overall I thought it was both serious and interesting.


Interesting book, although I have only read a little bit so far -- I have to finish The Eighth Day of Creation by Horace Freeland Judson (later 1970s). It is one of the best books that I have read and one of the most difficult (600+ pages of small type, long sentences and paragraphs, technical material and when I took high school biology the stuff in the book had not yet all happened). Daisy has been reading it at the same time (but certainly with much more background and greater ease).

Funny thing about Silver's book -- I got it as a present for my wife and she got it as a present for me -- needed to return a copy....
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