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 Post subject: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:42 pm 
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I do believe I started the second What Are You Reading (Redux) thread that, tragically, a mere two days ago, in the same dismal manner of its immediate predecessor, was shot straight to cyber nada due to a prolonged period of inactivity.

So, here we go again...

I recently borrowed two books from a friend. One was "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. I ate it up with a spoon. Look at me! I am a wild monkey, going nuts, beating the crap out of everything in sight with the jawbone of an aardvark in order to express the true level of my excitement over this book.

The other book is the Pulitzer Prize winning "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout. It is, for me, tedious. I am unable to summon the artificial energy and contrived curiosity to read beyond page 81 (been there since about December 27, 2009).

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:33 pm 
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Paul Of Dune - Kind of an interquel (neither a sequel nor a prequel) between Dune and Dune Messiah. Frank Herbert's kid and Keven Anderson have been adding to the Dunebooks since Frank died and this is another of their good efforts.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:31 pm 
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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins.

Working my way through books I received as Christmas gifts. Next up after Dawkins:

Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns
The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb.
This is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:05 am 
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just keeping this thread from getting sucked down the rain. like i said, i'm getting short on redux.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
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I recently finished Born to Run by Christopher McDougal. I put it in my top 5 reads Ever.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:38 am 
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The Glass Castle, as soon as I can find it.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:41 pm 
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^SO GOOD! you will love it!


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:26 am 
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The City and he City by China Meiville.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 6:33 pm 
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver with sidebars by her husband and their eldest daughter.

In short, the family moves from arid seasonless Tuscon, back to husband's long ago purchased farmstead in (way) western Virginia. Family tries for a year to eat locally. Lots of gardening, gardening insight, recipes, chicken and turkey raising (think old fashioned breeds), trips to the farm market, canning, lamb eating, and lots of outdoor time.

I'm not crazy for spending countless hours canning and freezing every summer.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:16 pm 
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Recently finished "Rosie" that Julz gave to me. Quick, funny read with wonderful literary references.

I'm now reading "The Beach House" by James Patterson. Started it yesterday afternoon and it will be finished by tonight. Typical mystery novel with all the sex, murder and legalities intertwined...always an entertaining read that doesn't require much deep thought.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:55 am 
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Did I give you that one too? I just finished it, it was in my house for 7 years before I decided to open it. I loved it but it was the Gnar as far as imagery.

Sally thank you! I am going to order that now, I love it already! :)

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:35 am 
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Git Magic specifically the 4th chapter about branch management.

I read the new Hiaasen book in less than 3 days. Not bad for a slow reader. Great book. Ending was disappointing to me, but as a whole, the book was very entertaining, true to Carl's style and form.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
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Since January I've read
A Deepness in the Sky, 2000 hugo award winner, sequel to Fire Upon the Deep, 1993 Hugo award winner
Spin,, 2006 Hugo award winner
Ender's Shadow Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, and Shadow of the Giant.

the companion series to Ender's Game and Speaker for the dead. the 1986 and 87 Hugo and Nebula award winners.

I recommend all of them.

I am now starting Rainbow's end, the 2007 Hugo winner.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:23 am 
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I'm currently reading Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary by Juan Williams, after seeing/hearing the author speak recently. Williams spoke so eloquently about his work, that I was inspired to check it out from the library.

I'm 1/4 through the 400 pages, and it is well written, easy to read, humorous, an awesome history, and so far Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, and H.L. Mencken are in there.......

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:28 pm 
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At my mother's suggestion I'm reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It's another 400 page book, but a lot faster of a read than the Marshall biography. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, it's an historical novel set in the 1960s about race relations seen through the eyes of young white women and the black women who raised them and cleaned their homes.

My mother said some parts made her uncomfortable. "Some nasty things happened, Mamma," I told her.

A must read for lovers of southern novels and women authors from the south.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
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Steel Drivin' Man : John Henry, The Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson.

Author tries to tie down some facts about the legendary hammerin' man.

As an adjunct to reading the book I've taken many "field trips" to U-Tube land and have become aquainted with Mississippi John Hurt, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and a host of others.

Check out the Carolina Chocolate Drops. I don't think they've covered John Henry, but they're worth a mention nonetheless.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:35 am 
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I just got off a Stephen King kick. Started with 'Salem's Lot, went to Duma Key, then Misery, then The Stand. In the meantime I also read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. My dreams were whack for a week.

...never did get Glass Castle.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
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Reading Haggard's King Solomon's Mines again. I love those guys that wrote in the late 1800's - early 1900's, Verne, Haggard, Doyle...

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading RE-REDUX
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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris, it's a great new mom book because each short story is only a few pages long but still delivers the Sedaris wit I love

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