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Old 01-08-05, 04:52 PM
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Just Finished:

Lincoln's War : The Untold Story of America's Greatest President as Commander in Chief

What a fantastic book. I can't recommend it enough. It really shows Lincoln in a new light. I agonized along with Lincoln every step of the way. I could not put it down.


I just started reading today: The Last Season - Phil Jackson.

Even though I am a die hard Celtics fan, I love reading behind the scenes sports books about any team. This should be a good one!
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Old 01-08-05, 11:24 PM
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Old 01-09-05, 06:21 PM
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The Best American Political Writing: 2004

Edited by Royce Flippin.

Just started it today, basically a collection of political essays, or excerpts from novels that the editor found particularly interesting, or illuminating.

I'm hoping it will be reasonably balanced.

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Just finished,

I'd give it a 4/5 stars.

Next up for me,

Somehow I have yet to read this, but I'm definately looking forward to it.
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Hey Smirnoff, I read 1984 last summer and I really enjoyed it. I would also suggest Animal Farm if you feel like more Orwell.

I just caught the movie "1984" on showtime a few weeks ago and it was pretty faithful to the book. Worth watching though.
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Old 01-11-05, 09:16 PM
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I'm currently reading the Wizard and the Glass, by Stephen King (Dark Tower 4) I'm enjoying the heck out of the series, though the Wastelands ending was weak, but luckily I had this book ready to read right after I finished.

I would reccomend "Comming Up For Air" or A Celergy Man's Daughter by Orwell, for those would like to explore more of his books, beyond his big 2.
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Old 01-11-05, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by smirnoff
Just finished,

I'd give it a 4/5 stars.

Next up for me,

Somehow I have yet to read this, but I'm definately looking forward to it.
coincidentally I'm also reading 1984 (for the zillionth time)

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Old 01-12-05, 12:18 AM
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i'm back on the path of the beam and finally finishing the dark tower series. through with 1-4 and just started on 5. 6 and 7 are on the shelf longing for my touch.
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I'm reading "Sister of the Dead" which is the latest book in the "DHAMPIR" series by Barb & J.C. Hendee. The series is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, actually BLADE because the main character is a "daywalker", meets Lord of the Rings.

So far the series has been loads of fun.
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Clockers by Richard Price.
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Jeremy, that's such a fabulous, fabulous book! I absolutely hated to finish it.
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Right now I'm reading State of Fear by Michael Crichton
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Old 01-12-05, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by thecrazydude

I just caught the movie "1984" on showtime a few weeks ago and it was pretty faithful to the book. Worth watching though.
Which one? The 1984 (heh) one? It was fairly faithful, with some great actors, but merely good. I haven't seen the 50s versions (I believe there are two), but one has Peter Cushing. Unfortunately, neither of those are on DVD.
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Read Lamb by Christopher Moore - pretty good, but not up to what I expected.

Now am reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
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I just finished



Then I started



Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress


An enchanting literary debut—already an international best-seller.

At the height of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for “re-education.” The narrator and his best friend, Luo, guilty of being the sons of doctors, find themselves in a remote village where, among the peasants of Phoenix mountain, they are made to cart buckets of excrement up and down precipitous winding paths. Their meager distractions include a violin—as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor.

But it is when the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed.

From within the hopelessness and terror of one of the darkest passages in human history, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening and the magical power of storytelling.
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Just bought John Grisham's "The Broker" today.
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I'm now reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. It's pretty much a deconstruction of pop culture and how it has affected our everyday lives, and it is absolutely hilarious. Klosterman goes on about his experiences with The Sims and MTV's The Real World and how each has had an effect on him and society at large. Very funny stuff indeed.
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I waited forever to buy Cryptonomicon (cheap bastard that I am) by Neal Stephenson. About half way through and loving it. Goto Dengo is my favorite character. This guy kicked ass with Diamond Age.

After this: The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick. None of the used book stores around here carry A Scanner Darkly.
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I started Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel finally. Fascinating stuff. I also started to read his Third Chimpanzee. After I finish these two, I'll read his new one: Collapse.
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I just finished "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman last week and then read "Life of Pi" by Yann Martetl just this last weekend. Now, I just started "One Man's Bible" by Gao Xingjian
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Sideways by Rex Pickett

Sacred (Part III of the Kensie Series) by Dennis Lehane
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Just bought John Grisham's "The Broker" today.
Cool. Still waiting for my copy to be shipped from Amazon.
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I just finished Michael Crichton's State of Fear.

Next up, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
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Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love--a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.



This is a fantastic book. I highly recommend it.
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Just finished:

The Last Season: Phil Jackson - Not bad, Pretty good info on Kobe and Shaq

I'm reading now:

The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid - America's First World War II Victory (Craig Nelson) - Good read so far about America's first strike back at Japan in WWII.

Next book:

The Know-It-All : One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (A. J. Jacobs) - I started reading this at Borders and it seems pretty funny. The guy is trying to read an entire Encyclopedia!
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