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    Quote Originally Posted by closetojumping View Post
    I found Ariely to be a little boring, although readers could do a lot worse. It probably doesn't make much sense, but I read "The Black Swan", "Fooled By Randomness", both by Nicholas Nasim Taleb, and "The Drunkard's Walk" by Mlodinow while I was reading the Gladwell books and the original Freakonomics. Those books were on randomness and to a lesser degree on probability and I thought they complemented the Gladwell books and Freakonomics books really well.

    If someone wanted to go in another direction for something that fits along the lines of Gladwell's stuff from a completely different angle, try "The Invisible Gorilla" by Chabris and Simons. It's a solid complement to Blink, for sure. "Influence", by Cialdini is another one.

    *****

    Outside of that tangent, I've also read a chunk of "Reading Virtual Minds" by Joseph Carrabis, which examines human behavior online, why people do what they do, and why it is so much different than how they often behave offline. I also started "The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life" by Dixit and Nalebuff. They wrote "Thinking Strategically" years ago and I enjoyed that book, and I enjoy reading about game theory, so I thought it would be fun. I have only read two chapters, but it isn't up to their prior standard so far.
    Thinking Strategically is a great book. Sitting on my shelf right now.

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    Only fehgs read books...I read porn for the pics..

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    The White Lioness by Henning Mankell

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    Quote Originally Posted by EE2B View Post
    Sounds very cool...

    Quote Originally Posted by RayDog View Post
    I am writing a physics text, so my house is littered with a variety of papers, proceedings, texts and the occasional pop sci book.
    Please send when done..

    Quote Originally Posted by wild_turkey View Post
    Oh yeah? You should try this one out:

    Great read..

    Quote Originally Posted by Armybrat View Post
    Re-reading Coronado's Children....
    Armybrat Coronado;)...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jameslaw View Post
    Game of Thrones. For the third time

    And a Drucker book whose title escapes me right now
    Game of Thrones on the list..

    Quote Originally Posted by LonghornLawyer View Post
    Iron Kingdom (Christopher Clark)--a history of Prussia

    Retribution (Max Hastings)--a history of the last year of the war in the Pacific

    American Caesar: Douglas McArthur (William Manchester)

    Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Rachel Bronson)
    $#@! yes
    $#@! yes
    $#@! yes
    Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by RamjetFDO View Post


    Reading my autographed copy now... interesting. Not as well-written as BofB, but a solid insight into the P47 fighter-bomber role in the Allied European WWII campaign - interesting reading... I'm enjoying it.

    Here's the Hell Hawks website.
    That's some crazy $#@!...

    Quote Originally Posted by ILike3.1415 View Post
    After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5,000 BC, by Steven Mithen

    Really good so far. It's different than the books that I typically read, but I'm enjoying it.
    Sounds very cool..on the list..

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryPuppy View Post
    My autobiography...sigh...

    Quote Originally Posted by Austinvines View Post
    Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is my library reading.

    Manchester's The Last Lion: Alone rotates in and out. I really hope Paul Reid can come through and finish the biography. Manchester's opening describing the Dunkirk evacuation was perfect writing.

    Going to borrow my old man's copy of The Big Rich soon.
    Hornets nest(my wife wants) and Manchesters last lion(I want)

    Quote Originally Posted by jmatt View Post
    Right Now:

    The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

    Title is self-explanatory. I'm about halfway through it, it's very good so far.

    Just finished:

    Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major $#@! Winters by $#@! Winters & Cole C. Kingseed

    Great read.

    Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence by Michael Capuzzo

    About the shark attacks in New Jersey back in the early part of the 20th century. "Jaws" was pretty much based on this. Another great read.

    Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist by Donald P. Ryan

    --> One nice feature of LinkedIn is a way to keep track of the books you've read, that's how I keep track of the books I've read lately.
    Beyond BOB sounds great...
    Quote Originally Posted by 4th and 5 View Post
    Last book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

    Current book: Into the Rising Sun by Patrick O'Donnell

    Next book: Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

    A book you should read if you like WW2 history: Escape From Davao by John Lucaks
    Unbroken and escape from Davoe on the list

    Quote Originally Posted by grazinhorn View Post
    Hell yes

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    The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

    just finished ..The Kennedy Detail ...
    I have heard this is very good...

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    Will be on it...

    Quote Originally Posted by The Shaggy Conscience View Post
    Animal Farm.


    Horrifying.
    Pm me for more horrifying stories if you wish..

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    Tank $#@! always makes the list..

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    The Death of the USS Thresher: The Story Behind History's Deadliest Submarine Disaster [Kindle Edition] http://www.amazon.com/Death-USS-Thre...=AG56TWVU5XWC2

    thank goodness for kindle, this one was written in 1964. $8 cheap.

    Computers In Spaceflight: The NASA Experience [Kindle Edition] http://www.amazon.com/Computers-Spac...6&sr=1-1-spell a nerd book par excellance! ONE DOLLAH!

    A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror [Kindle Edition] http://www.amazon.com/Patriots-Histo...=AG56TWVU5XWC2

    and

    The Cardinal of the Kremlin [Kindle Edition] http://www.amazon.com/Cardinal-Kreml...6&sr=1-1-fkmr0 reading through all of Clancy fiction before I read

    Dead or Alive [Kindle Edition] http://www.amazon.com/Dead-or-Alive-...=AG56TWVU5XWC2
    Interested in 1,3,4....
    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken Mule View Post
    "Lost Victories" by generalfeldmarshal Von Manstein.
    Hell yeah...WW2...
    Quote Originally Posted by TOR View Post
    Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codebreaker's War. Actually re-reading it because I've burned through the half dozen or so books I got for Christmas.
    Intriguing and would like more background if possible..

    Damn good list folks...it's obvious we need to get our reading hats on....

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    Loved von Manstein's Lost Victories. Without Hitler, the Germans never would have gone to war; but they also would likely have won the war without him. Or at least some version of the war.

    Currently reading Napoleon's Wars by Charles Esdaile. The title is misleading, it should have been Napoleon's Foreign Policy.

    Army: love all of Dobie's work. Every UT grad should certainly read The Longhorns.

    River of Doubt is scary, but a must read for those who venture on rivers. TR was a tough sob. I am reminded of a California family who decided, a year or so ago, to raft the North Fork of the Payette River. This is a Class V, but they had to have thought it was somehow a Disneyland ride. If I recall, at least two of them died, and the river runs right along a highway.
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    I just started this one today:


    Damn dust follows this book.

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    "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair.

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    Hmm, gonna go see Peter Matthiessen on saturday, maybe I ought to reread The Snow Leopard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AggieGirl2005 View Post
    "The World's Religions" by Huston Smith. Just got back from Egypt and spending time in a Muslim country really stirred up some good conversations about religion in general (their histories, what they share in common, what they believe, etc). I don't have a good background in religious history or theory, so I picked this up to give me a primer.
    Read that as a freshman for World Religions class. Excellent primer.


    Still rambling through Arthur Schlesinger's The Age of Roosevelt trilogy; also just started this which I got as a birthday present in January:

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    I havent finished the otherones i mentioned but this one is real interesting.

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    Was given World War Z for Easter. Already almost done with it.

    Next up: What The Dog Saw.

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    Just finished all four of the McMurtry Berrybender series. Weird but entertaining. Starting on Cormac McCarthy's border series now. Never read him before, believe it or not.

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    My Grandmother gave me the Schlesinger set on FDR for my hs graduation present in 1967. She was a trig/solid geometry/English teacher and, later, principal, in a small W Texas high school (Santa Anna).

    She hated FDR almost as much as she hated LBJ, but that is what I wanted. I long ago came around to her point of view on these things.

    Schlesinger only did 3 volumes and I do not recall if he even got into FDR's second term; there are better, and certainly more complete, biographies.

    Frank Friedel wrote 4 volumes some time ago. For those with shorter attention spans, he also did a one volume summary.
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    Has anybody read One Ranger, a Memoir by Joaquin Jackson? It looks like it might be pretty good.

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    Just finished a couple over the long Easter weekend that I really enjoyed-

    Unbroken- been mentioned a couple of times already but reading the $#@! that guy and the other POWs went through made me stop whining about the inconsequential $#@! I deal with.

    Odd Man Out- kind of a Ball Four for the minor leagues- it covers a season on the Angels' rookie league team in 2002. Quan Cosby was on the team, so he makes a few appearances in the stories.

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    Almost finished with Gladwell's The Tipping Point and am kind of disappointed. It's an okay read but with how much love his books get I was expecting more I guess. Just picked up Unbroken because of this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mediumrare View Post
    Almost finished with Gladwell's The Tipping Point and am kind of disappointed. It's an okay read but with how much love his books get I was expecting more I guess. Just picked up Unbroken because of this thread.
    Haha, took you two years to post that? Or am I reading that wrong?

    Regarding The Tipping Point, I had the UT professor who Gladwell used as his example of a maven (could have been in Blink), and I even spent one-on-one time with him in office hours. I personally found this professor to be pretty much the exact opposite of the way Gladwell described him. Maybe I wasn't a good enough student to get his best efforts, though.

    Also, my first boss in NYC had previously worked with Gladwell at The New Yorker, and his characterization of Gladwell's office behavior was less than flattering. So, in the two cases where I can decrease the degree of separation between myself and the writer, Gladwell earns negative marks from me in both cases. Not that he gives a $#@!, or should any of you.

    That stated, I read all his stuff and usually enjoy it.

    I just finished Less Than Zero. It is frequently compared to/mentioned alongside Bright Lights, Big City, and rightly so. In my opinion, Bright Lights is a more pleasurable read because the story has an element of redemption that doesn't exist in Less Than Zero, but Less Than Zero gave me more to think about.

    The film adaptation of Less Than Zero differs from the novel quite a bit, FYI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Idahorn View Post
    Has anybody read One Ranger, a Memoir by Joaquin Jackson? It looks like it might be pretty good.
    Good book-I think he's written another one since then.

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    The Ornament of the World by Maria Menocal

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    I just picked up "The Squam Lake Report", written by some of the country's leading economists who analyze the 2008 financial crisis and offer suggestions for reforms to the system. If you are at all interested in this topic and want a good, non-partisan perspective by some very bright individuals, I highly recommend this book.

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    Any recommendations for books with twist that you don't see coming? Read "Life of Pi" and "Atonement" a while ago and enjoyed the plot twists. Looking for some light beach reading while on summer vacation next month.

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    The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
    Mankell kicks all kinds of ass, if you like detective-type mysteries

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    Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch, but I doubt that I'll finish it.

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    I just reread Crime and Punishment: http://www.shaggybevo.com/board/show...ime+punishment

    I'm currently reading: The Last Narco: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo, the World's Most Wanted Drug Lord and Lullaby by CP



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    I'm about two hundred pages into A Game of Thrones. Very good book.

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    "Atonement"
    I just wanted to say I always thought Atonement was underrated. That was a damn good novel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LonghornLawyer View Post
    Iron Kingdom (Christopher Clark)--a history of Prussia

    Retribution (Max Hastings)--a history of the last year of the war in the Pacific

    American Caesar: Douglas McArthur (William Manchester)

    Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Rachel Bronson)
    So I finished reading Retribution and its companion piece Armageddon, which details the last year in the European war. Both were very engaging and easy reads.

    I also finished Iron Kingdom and American Caesar. I always like Manchester's writing. I just don't particularly like the subject matter. MacArthur was a narcissist, and quite possibly a sociopath. Any glorification of him kind of misses the mark with me.

    I'm starting Christpher Hibbert's book on Edward VII, and I'm trying to come up with a book to read at the same time. I think it'll probably be That Sweet Enemy: Britain and France the History of a Love-Hate Relationship given Edward's role as the king who presided over Britain's agreement to the Entante Cordial.

    In the meantime, I'm also undertaking to read some of the history works of the ancients. I've already read my Tacitus and Suetonius. But I think I need to get through this:


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    The incredible untold life of Mickey Mantle along with the more well know aspects of his incredible and tragic life. This is the most comprehensive & revealing book ever written about MM. It will draw out every emotion you've ever felt about the guy plus the ones you didn't think existed. I knew about the drinking and womanizing with his pals Billy Martin & Whitey Ford - but knew little about the grisly details of his upbringing in Commerce Oklahoma (where his father worked in a lead mine & he was sexually molested by an older half sister for years). He was at times the greatest baseball player, the sorriest father and husband, a disrespectful sexist, publiclly vulgar, extremely generous, and finally a broken man.

    Its not all tragedy however. Like one chapter is devoted to his 565 ft home run in Washington in the early 50's. And how he was at one time the strongest and fastest player in MLB (home to first in 3.1 sec.). If you're fan of the Mick or not, you'll find this an incredible book. NOTHING is left out - some stuff you'll wish you'd never heard.

    A little trivia: signed by the Yankees in 1951 for $1100 - offered a football scholarship to OU (as was Roger Maris) - original position was SS until Casey Stengal saw him in spring camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no_chingas View Post


    The incredible untold life of Mickey Mantle along with the more well know aspects of his incredible and tragic life. This is the most comprehensive & revealing book ever written about MM. It will draw out every emotion you've ever felt about the guy plus the ones you didn't think existed. I knew about the drinking and womanizing with his pals Billy Martin & Whitey Ford - but knew little about the grisly details of his upbringing in Commerce Oklahoma (where his father worked in a lead mine & he was sexually molested by an older half sister for years). He was at times the greatest baseball player, the sorriest father and husband, a disrespectful sexist, publiclly vulgar, extremely generous, and finally a broken man.

    Its not all tragedy however. Like one chapter is devoted to his 565 ft home run in Washington in the early 50's. And how he was at one time the strongest and fastest player in MLB (home to first in 3.1 sec.). If you're fan of the Mick or not, you'll find this an incredible book. NOTHING is left out - some stuff you'll wish you'd never heard.

    A little trivia: signed by the Yankees in 1951 for $1100 - offered a football scholarship to OU (as was Roger Maris) - original position was SS until Casey Stengal saw him in spring camp.
    That does sound like an interesting read. My dad (and im sure others who might have grown up in Dallas) have stories about hanging out with Micky Mantle Jr. and how much they drank and how much of a crazy $#@! he was. Apparently, chip off the old block.

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    "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself" by David Lipsky, about his road trip in 1996 with David Foster Wallace

    and just last night, got a new library book: "The Social Animal" by David Brooks. I was not expecting this style of prose from him, but the first 3 chapters were great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfpack View Post
    Anybody have any recomendtions for a Gladwell & Freakonomics fan?
    Agree with closetojumping: Fooled by Randomness and the Black Swan, both by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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    Started and am about 1/4 way through Motherless Brooklyn. Really solid so far, an interesting twist on a detective novel.

    http://www.amazon.com/Motherless-Bro...6339590&sr=1-1

    Anyone read Lethem's other books?

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    Quote Originally Posted by idelosix View Post
    Started and am about 1/4 way through Motherless Brooklyn. Really solid so far, an interesting twist on a detective novel.

    http://www.amazon.com/Motherless-Bro...6339590&sr=1-1

    Anyone read Lethem's other books?
    I love Letham. I've read several of his short stories, Motherless Brooklyn, and As She Climbed Across The Table. Fortress of Solitude is on my shelf to be read.

    I thought Motherless Brooklyn was just OK. Gun, With Occasional Music was by far the best book of his that I've read, in my opinion. It was just awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SydneyCarton View Post
    I love Letham. I've read several of his short stories, Motherless Brooklyn, and As She Climbed Across The Table. Fortress of Solitude is on my shelf to be read.

    I thought Motherless Brooklyn was just OK. Gun, With Occasional Music was by far the best book of his that I've read, in my opinion. It was just awesome.
    Amazon seems to agree with you, and Gun sounds right up my alley. Will try that one next.

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    not typically one for fictions, but I picked this up at the library the other day and am 1/3 of the way through already.


    got another couple books on fly fishing to read after I finish that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopkinsnhorns View Post
    not typically one for fictions, but I picked this up at the library the other day and am 1/3 of the way through already.


    got another couple books on fly fishing to read after I finish that.
    This is one of my favorite fiction books of all time. I mean, I loved this book. I rank it in the top 10 of all the fiction books I have ever read and there are very few that I remember more vividly. There is a Usual Suspects level moment in this book and it blew me away.

    On the contrary, do not waste any of the precious minutes you have left on this earth in reading his follow-up, "Beatrice and Virgil". It is a fraud of the highest order and one of the most despicable, manipulative piece of $#@! books that I've ever had the misfortune of having read. Yes, I have extreme feelings on both books, but they're truly near the ends of the spectrum of the volumes of things I've read in my life.

    In terms of updates since this thread is still going, I've finished most of the books I mentioned earlier and enjoyed them all on some level. The "Reading Virtual Minds" book, if you're into ecommerce and marketing or think you want to be, is awesome. I am finishing Game Of Thrones right now. I bought it after watching the first 5 episodes of the series and it is excellent for fiction. I'll read the next 4 over the course of this calendar year, I think. It's somewhat engrossing, although not on the level of Follett for pseudo-medieval fiction. I'm also in the middle of "Never Let Me Go" by the dude that did "Remains of the Day". Not sure what I think yet.

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    Finished "Committed," which is the story of a woman who doesn't believe in marriage having to marry her foreign boyfriend of several years so they can live in the United States. It explores the history of marriage and its modern-day existence. The author is just a fascinating person who has spent her life traveling the world and writing about little known cultures. It was an excellent book, well-written and witty.

    Now I'm reading "12 Steps Towards Political Revelation" by Walter Mosley. It's a little radical...I mean, he has to start out by stating in advance that he is not promoting the use of violence. I was excited to get this book after I saw Mosley on Morning Joe, but I'm not sure that I buy what he's selling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SydneyCarton View Post
    Gun, With Occasional Music was by far the best book of his that I've read, in my opinion. It was just awesome.
    I bought this a while back based on some recommendations on here, and let's just say I didn't care for it. It was just a little too weird for me. It felt like he had created a wacky universe just for the sake of being wacky.

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    Ha. That was probably my recommendation. It was definitely a strange world. But I liked the way he describes things.

    Sorry you didn't enjoy it, man.

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    In the past 2 months...

    Pleasure reading:
    Finished "Case Closed" by Posner. Awesome read & perspective.
    Finished "Our Crowd" by Stephen Birmingham. - All you could ever want to know about Jewish families and early NYC.
    Finished "More Money then God" by Mallaby - Really fun read.

    Work Reading:
    "Financing Energy Projects in Developing Countries" by Dr. Razavi - Fascinating read. Probably boring as hell to most but adds tremendous insight to bare-bones infrastructure in the truest form. Roads, water sourcing, etc... Want to know why towns/villages are built seemingly in the middle of nowhere in the Middle East or elsewhere (Pakistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, etc.)
    "Infrastructure as an Asset Class" by Weber & Alfen - Not recommended. If you are not in the industry, use it as a sleep aid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idelosix View Post
    Started and am about 1/4 way through Motherless Brooklyn. Really solid so far, an interesting twist on a detective novel.

    http://www.amazon.com/Motherless-Bro...6339590&sr=1-1

    Anyone read Lethem's other books?
    Bret Easton Ellis called Fortress of Solitude one of the three best novels of his generation, if that means anything to you. The other two he named were The Corrections and Chabon's Amazing Adventures, if I remember correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopkinsnhorns View Post
    not typically one for fictions, but I picked this up at the library the other day and am 1/3 of the way through already.


    got another couple books on fly fishing to read after I finish that.
    Reading this right now, also. Really enjoying it.
    Also reading "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan

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    Quote Originally Posted by wild_turkey View Post
    I bought this a while back based on some recommendations on here, and let's just say I didn't care for it. It was just a little too weird for me. It felt like he had created a wacky universe just for the sake of being wacky.
    Quote Originally Posted by SydneyCarton View Post
    I love Letham. I've read several of his short stories, Motherless Brooklyn, and As She Climbed Across The Table. Fortress of Solitude is on my shelf to be read.

    I thought Motherless Brooklyn was just OK. Gun, With Occasional Music was by far the best book of his that I've read, in my opinion. It was just awesome.
    I enjoyed Gun, With Occasional Music. You have to know what kind of book it is before you get into it. If you think it's just some normal detective story....well not even close.

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    I am now in possession of One Second After by Forstchen courtesy of a colleague. Anyone read this? He swears I need to move it to the top of my list.

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    If you've ever loved a dog / cars this is an awesome book.

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