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Title: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 22, 2006, 04:58:08 AM
just finished:
man in the mirror - patrick morley

currently reading
:
velvet elvis - rob bell
bible - various authors

about to read:
the grace awakening - chuck swindoll
pilgrim's progress - john bunyon
bible - various authors



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Redeemed on June 22, 2006, 05:16:00 AM
This is an interesting thread...

Right now I'm reading "She Said Yes"... a real short book about the life of Cassie Bernall.  If you remember back about 7 years (wow.. it's been that long already), Cassie Bernall was the girl that was shot by the Columbine killers for proclaiming that she believed in God.  It's an interesting read thus far.

But speaking of "pilgrim's progress"... my pastor preached an entire sermon series on that book.  I'm not going to lie.. I can't remember too much details, but my pastor speaks very highly of it.


-dan


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Redeemed on June 22, 2006, 05:17:35 AM
Okay... now that's just creepy!!

That last post was my 420th post on this forum.. and it was sorta about Columbine.. which happened on April 20th, 1999.  Weird.


-dan


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on June 22, 2006, 06:31:26 AM
it gets even creepier, 4/20 is my birthday and i also read She Said Yes several years ago, and to top it all off Adolf Hitler also shares this birthday which if i remember correct may have been at least part of the reason the shooting was planned for this day.

Just finished reading "One Day In September"  the story of the 1972 Munich Olympic masacre of Israeli athletes and the Israeli "Wrath of God" retaliation campaign.

Also just finished "A Time To Die"  the tragic telling of the loss of the Russian nuclear sub Kursk and her crew.

just started reading "See No Evil" a true story of a CIA agents career.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: roknroll on June 22, 2006, 06:40:48 AM
Last books I read-Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
                        Modern Western Civ
                        Dark Knights and Holy Fools(a book about the movie director, Terry Gilliam, he did monty python,12 monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las vegas)
                        Hells Angels(by the late Dr. Gonzo himself...Hunter S. Thompson)
                     


Currently reading- Game Informer Magazine!

Books on my to read list-

                        Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas(hunter s)
                        The Great Shark Hunt(hunter s)
                         The Adversary:The Christian Versus Demonic Activity

I'm on a H.S.T kick right now.


See No Evil sounds pretty interesting...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 22, 2006, 01:57:42 PM
I've still never read Hell's Angels, but speaking of HST, his Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is one of the best (and funniest) books of political reporting I've ever read, even if (or perhaps because) it's hard to tell what's true and what isn't.

I read it when it was appearing in serial form in Rolling Stone back in '72, and I've read it again two or three times since.  Highly recommended if you're into political campaigns, or even if you're not, but you just like HST's style.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: dberch on June 22, 2006, 02:00:47 PM
Chainfire by Terry Brookes


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: dberch on June 22, 2006, 02:02:46 PM
Hey Andrew, if you like Hunter S., you might enjoy "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Ken Kesey.  Very entertaining, though I would not recommend it as a life-style!

Long live the Merry Pranksters!
"Are you ON the BUS?"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 22, 2006, 02:03:38 PM
Oh yeah, that's a great one too.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: roknroll on June 22, 2006, 02:18:02 PM
Hells Angels was actually quite boring.  The documentation in itself was the boring part, it wasn't boring because of the wording.  I've watched several documentations on the Merry Little Pranksters...I'll have to check it out...that would really suck to drink kool aid laced with LSD...there was this kid I used to work with(well, he actually just bummed around the restaurant), he brought a vile of acid into work one day...suffice to say, I didn't leave my drinks sitting around that day...he was the type to play sick games like that with people...he even threatened to shoot some in my eye!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 22, 2006, 02:19:31 PM
Quote
...that would really suck to drink kool aid laced with LSD...

Apparently that was occupational hazard of hanging around with the Grateful Dead.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: roknroll on June 22, 2006, 02:25:56 PM
sorry soul, didn't meant to hijack this thread...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 22, 2006, 02:27:43 PM
Blame it on the spiked Kool Aid.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: roknroll on June 22, 2006, 02:34:56 PM
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Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: joxter on June 22, 2006, 03:19:29 PM
I am reading, really trying to read,  Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan At The Crossroads by Greil Marcus.  The champion of the run-on sentence.  This book is pretty cool but very tedious at times trying to read a sentence that is a page long, or a half page long and a lot are a third of a page.  This guy believes that Dylan changed the world with this one song.  Makes some good points too.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on June 22, 2006, 04:54:24 PM
I just finished The Razor's Edge by Maugham. A great book, I always like books about the human condition. Of Human Bondage is probably my favorite.

I'm currently reading A collection of short stories by Yeats, right now I'm on John Sherman. I just finished Dhoya.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Randy_R on June 22, 2006, 04:59:53 PM
"The Big Bang Never Happened" by Eric Lerner. A (low-math) systematic rebuttal to the big bang theory of cosmology.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bhika on June 22, 2006, 07:31:53 PM
"A Rabble in Arms" by Kenneth Roberts. Great Historical Fiction.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 22, 2006, 08:42:33 PM
hey roknroll - what did you think of blue like jazz? i found it very interesting and i could not put it down, which is weird because i disagreed with miller on many of his points. but still, i could not put it down. i think i buzzed through it within two or three takes, which is odd for me. a book norally lasts me a week at least, but that one kept me up past my bedtime for some reason.

my take on miller is that he is trying to make christianity "cool". that's a noble thing to do, but i can remember when mullets were cool....and now they are not. it just seemed like he has a campaign going against anything traditional or fundamental. it seemed like he had to hold himself WAY back on some serious soapboxes. i think he could easily write a book called "why i hate fundamentals".....and think thats where his real passion is.

still. i liked the book and it made me think.....really hard.....about lots of things......which is the ultimate goal of any author......so miller did well in that respect.

you might like "velvet elvis" if you enjoyed blue like jazz. rob bell is nicer than miller and is a pastor, so its written much different. but i think they probably hang out at some of the same places and feel the same way about many things....but again, bell just seems nicer and deeper than miller. but, miller is not a pastor, but just a guy who writes books, so he can be a little more liberal with his opinions to the masses.

i think i may read blue like jazz again this year. i still won't like lots of it, but miller is a good communicator and i do like his style.


rock


on




Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: expatCanuck on June 22, 2006, 08:54:22 PM
Practical Demonkeeping, Christoper Moore's first novel.
I burst out laughing from time to time on the subway on my way to work. 
People don't quite know what to think of it.
(I love it.   :wacko:)

 - Richard


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: roknroll on June 22, 2006, 09:14:06 PM
I actually found the book very refreshing, and agreed with a lot of his points.  A lot of feelings he felt about church and God, were the same feelings I have felt at some time or another.  I especially agreed with him, when he talked about the hippie culture.  It really does seem like a lot of churches snub there noses to people that look a little different, or that don't act a certain way.  When he hung out with the hippies, they accepted him for who he was, and wanted to get to know him on a very personal basis.   They may not have helped him become a better person spritually per-se, but they didn't judge him or look down on him.  If you think about it, soul, Jesus was actually pretty liberal minded. The leadership in my old church was so corrupt, that now half of the original members that held it together, don't even go anymore.  I stopped going because of the new pastor they elected as well.  I don't really have a church to call my own anymore because of leadership that failed, and then couldn't own up to their own failure.  A little thing called pride.  Nothing was done to make things right, so I left.  I'm a Christian myself, but at times, I can't help but feel that I'm being judged or looked down upon by other christians.  I'm also almost embarrassed to call myself a Christian anymore, after all, 80% of America claim to be Christian.  Now, I came from a VERY fundamental Christian church.  There was basically no tolerance or acceptance for anything modern.  So maybe I'm an extreme case in why I found dissatisfaction in my local church.  I mean come on, up until about 3 years ago, we wouldn't even clap after special music.  It was very awkward to say the least...until one day, some guy just started clapping, and everyone joined in.  Now you can probably tell why I liked this book so much :GRN>  hehe.  Church should make a person feel liberated in Christ, and I felt suffocated.  I'm going to B n N tonight, I'll check out velvet elvis. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 22, 2006, 10:01:11 PM
I actually found the book very refreshing, and agreed with a lot of his points.  A lot of feelings he felt about church and God, were the same feelings I have felt at some time or another.  I especially agreed with him, when he talked about the hippie culture.  It really does seem like a lot of churches snub there noses to people that look a little different, or that don't act a certain way.  When he hung out with the hippies, they accepted him for who he was, and wanted to get to know him on a very personal basis.   They may not have helped him become a better person spritually per-se, but they didn't judge him or look down on him.  If you think about it, soul, Jesus was actually pretty liberal minded. The leadership in my old church was so corrupt, that now half of the original members that held it together, don't even go anymore.  I stopped going because of the new pastor they elected as well.  I don't really have a church to call my own anymore because of leadership that failed, and then couldn't own up to their own failure.  A little thing called pride.  Nothing was done to make things right, so I left.  I'm a Christian myself, but at times, I can't help but feel that I'm being judged or looked down upon by other christians.  I'm also almost embarrassed to call myself a Christian anymore, after all, 80% of America claim to be Christian.  Now, I came from a VERY fundamental Christian church.  There was basically no tolerance or acceptance for anything modern.  So maybe I'm an extreme case in why I found dissatisfaction in my local church.  I mean come on, up until about 3 years ago, we wouldn't even clap after special music.  It was very awkward to say the least...until one day, some guy just started clapping, and everyone joined in.  Now you can probably tell why I liked this book so much :GRN>  hehe.  Church should make a person feel liberated in Christ, and I felt suffocated.  I'm going to B n N tonight, I'll check out velvet elvis. 
roknroll -- very insightful post. thank you being so honest. ya know, i feel VERY MUCH the same way both miller.....and you for that matter.......feel about church. i have some very real frustrations with it as a whole, some of the same ones you have i'd imagine. from leaders who are walking in pride to church members looking down on those who are not like them. lots of times christians simply become pharisees. but they are blind to it lots of times, because the truly proud are completely blind. you and i could likely talk about this for hours on end and probalby agree most of the time.

i guess the thing that bugs me about miller, and lots of guys like him, is that they are irritated (and rightly so lots of times) with anything traditional.....and that's cool.....but they dont' come off very loving toward them. so, even though miller and others might be right, if they have no love, then they become the very thing that they are rallying against. because pride works on both sides. and when anyone starts thinking they're better than someone else.......for any reason at all........then pride has set up shop and destruction is going to be moving in as well.

again, i see the frustrations, but to so harsh on those different from yourself makes you the same as the ones you are frustrated with.

like i said, i think miller had to seriously hold back or he would have went full-throttle on the matter. and he would have a legit reason to do so, in some cases.

the bottom line is you have the fundamentalists on one side having no love at all for those more liberal-minded, then you have those who are liberal-minded showing no love at all for the fundamentalists. after a while, everyone is wearing the same clothes and the point......on both sides.....is lost.

i could go on, but you get my drift.

also, i would not call Jesus a liberal. i would also not call Him a conservative. those are modern-day terms with serious political meanings attached and neither of them would be fair. they are both flawed and based on human wisdom, which is flawed.

i just believe that Jesus was right and that we all should seek to be more like Him. once we attach labels it makes us look like He likes our side better.

not sure if i've made much sense, but this is a great topic.

ppl can discuss these things respectfully and in love.

shalom


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on June 22, 2006, 10:31:23 PM
Puppies for Dummies
Black Wind,Deep Six,Lost City-Clive Cussler
Seize the nite-Dean Koontz


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: MrZamboni on June 23, 2006, 02:32:06 AM
Finished recently:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons From an Emerging Missional Church by Mark Driscoll
American Sphinx by Joseph Ellis

Currently reading:
HIs Excellency George Washington by Joseph Ellis
Gotham by Burrows and Wallace

On my shelf to read:
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Alignment: Using the Balanced Scorecard to Create Corporate Synergies by Robert Kaplan & David Norton


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: NotRevGDavis on June 23, 2006, 04:15:56 PM
Desert Solitaire- Edward Abbey


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ronmac on June 23, 2006, 05:34:47 PM
Puppies for Dummies

LOL

It's good to know which end is the goozintas and which end is the comoutzas...

My experience is that they are both busy little places. :SHK>


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jwieties on June 23, 2006, 06:21:28 PM
Since I have a 2 year old I mostly read Dora and Boots, Elmo and Richard Scary Stories. :GRN>

However, I have been slowly working through "Memories of Nine Years In Akka" by Dr. Youness Afroukhteh.

-josh



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: play4him on June 23, 2006, 06:49:03 PM
I'm reading "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Denis on June 23, 2006, 07:23:25 PM
Since I have a 2 year old I mostly read Dora and Boots, Elmo and Richard Scary Stories. :GRN>

However, I have been slowly working through "Memories of Nine Years In Akka" by Dr. Youness Afroukhteh.

-josh



Yes, most of my reading consists of pretty much the same as Josh except the last one of course.  My wife usually does the sleepy time reading with our 3 year old.  The 9 month old pretty much falls asleep in my arms while she's putting the older one to bed. 

The last book I read was DaVinci code and that was 2 1/2 years ago. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: drmlabs on June 23, 2006, 08:34:59 PM

Just finished:

"Fletch"  Gregory McDonald   - great stuff, I'll have to read the whole series now.
"Book of the Dead"  Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child   very disappointing end to the Pendergast 'Death' trilogy
"Diary of Samuel Pepys" - fascinating glimpse of day-to-day life in London in 1660's

reading now:
"Fletch Won" Gregory McDonald
"the Wabi-sabi House" Robyn Griggs Lawrence   zen and the art of japanese homes


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: BW dreaming on June 28, 2006, 08:53:45 PM
I'll add a voice to the "Blue Like Jazz" discussion.  The first few times I read it, I really connected with it.  As was said, it struck a chord in me with regard to a lot of the things I had been feeling about church-ianity.  But as I thought about it more, I started to disagree with more and more of it.  This was mainly in the area of Miller's semi-postmodern (or emergent, or whatever they are calling it today) theology.  While it is certainly true that our relationship with Christ is like a story, there are also beliefs that are correct and important to hold.  I feel like Miller was reacting to unloving Christians by going too far to the other side.

But...  "Searching For God Knows What" is quite an amazing book.  Although I should read that again too, to make sure I still agree with it. :)


My current reading:

The Nature of Necessity - Alvin Plantinga
Time and Eternity - William Lane Craig
A History of Philosophy - Frederick Copleston
A Companion to Aesthetics - David Cooper
Relativity: The Special and General Theories - Albert Einstein
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers (re-reading)
Evil and the Evidence for God: A Challenge to John Hick's Theodicy - R Douglas Geivett
Introductory Modal Logic - Kenneth Konyndyk

Just finished:  Methods of Logic - WV Quine


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Blue in VT on June 28, 2006, 09:03:07 PM
Currently I'm stuck in something of a fantasy phase...I'm fighting my way through the Robert Jordon Wheel of Time books...I'm on # 8 of at least 11    :huh:...man that dude is prolifac.  I am also 1/2 way thru "Clapton's Guitar" which is a really quick read and I'm learning a some good guitar construction details I was unaware of before....and the book certain reinforces the MARTIN guitar supremecy that seems to rule the high end guitar market.

cheers,

Blue


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: stuco on June 29, 2006, 09:58:42 PM
 :ph34r:

Last book read was
"The way of the Peaceful Warrior" People this is called the book that changes lives for good reason. Please give it a look
I am currently reading "IN Cold blood"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on June 30, 2006, 12:55:13 AM
I just finished the Giver. It was a good storyline but weak writing I thought.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GAME2003 on July 02, 2006, 08:17:44 PM
Recently Read: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and Botony of Desire by Michael Pollen
Just finished : The Working Poor by David Shipler
Now Reading: The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray
Next in the pipeline: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Cable53 on July 04, 2006, 07:32:45 PM
Hi all,
I 've just finished "Collapse": How Societies To Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond (Same author as Gun's germs and Steel)
A very intersting book and not as dry as the title might imply.
I'm currently reading: "Nathan Bedford Forrest" a biography by Jack Hurst ( Published by the Vintage  Civil War Library) so far excellent. DC


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jambrose on July 09, 2006, 02:28:30 AM
I'll have to answer again, when I'm reading "normally". I read a wide variety of topics, from tech stuff, to books on improving music reading skills, song structure, etc.

But for now, while I'm still recovering from the back surgery, been reading a lot.

I went through all 55 of the Louis L'Amour collection I've had forever, again.

Presently reading the last one, "The Walking Drum". A very good book.

Recovery seems to be going well, can move around a little more each day, and as mentioned, can now play up to three 30min times a day...but it's while wearing the back brace,....a little uncomfortable. As I can't leave the house, and cannot do many things, I'm getting a little cabin fever, and can get down a little....But I'm very thankful God's taking us through it, and I can play. So much to be thankful for, can't focus on the negative.

First Dr visit since surgery will be on Wed 7-12-06, praying for good progress report and more freedom then.

Joe


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on July 09, 2006, 08:06:45 AM
Hi all,
I 've just finished "Collapse": How Societies To Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond (Same author as Gun's germs and Steel)
A very intersting book and not as dry as the title might imply.
I'm currently reading: "Nathan Bedford Forrest" a biography by Jack Hurst ( Published by the Vintage  Civil War Library) so far excellent. DC

i'm very interested in these two books.  i almost got he collapse book and still may.
Nathan Bedford Forest is someone i'd like to learn a lot more about not just for his incredible civil war career but also for his life after the civil war and his founding of the KKK et all.  please let me know if the book is excellent throughout. 

just got "Clear the Bridge"  WWII submarine book and "Rig Ship for Ultra Quiet" another submarine book.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jambrose on July 10, 2006, 12:54:29 AM
Anyone ever read "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", by Robert Heinlen, any other sci-fi buffs?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on July 10, 2006, 01:05:29 AM
Anyone ever read "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", by Robert Heinlen, any other sci-fi buffs?

Haven't read that one, but I've read some of his others. I'm also a bit of a sci-fi/fantasy buff. I have a hard time getting into really hard sci-fi though. One of my favorite authors is Connie Willis. I also like Bradbury. Recently read a book called "Dragonfly." I can't remember the author's name, but it was good. My husband is reading a volume of alternative history, "What if?"--a collection by several authors. I'll probably read it when he finishes. Another favorite author is Douglas Adams.

For classical music buffs, as well as those interested in Holocaust literature, "The Inextinguishable Symphony" is very good. Martin Goldsmith was the host of Performance Today on NPR. He wrote it about his parents.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jambrose on July 11, 2006, 02:04:26 AM
That sounds interesting.

I saw some Chuck Swindall books below. Anyone read Charles Colsen, "How Now Shall We Live"?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 11, 2006, 11:46:37 PM
That sounds interesting.

I saw some Chuck Swindall books below. Anyone read Charles Colsen, "How Now Shall We Live"?
love swindoll. hes easily the best bible teacher alive, imo, of course. i also like colson, but have not read any of  his books, though they do sound interesting and id probably agree with them in their entirety. ive got a friend who knows colsons and speaks highly of him.


btw, just got done reading velvet elvis by rob bell. imo, its just more emergent church babble, with its main gripe being against anything fundamental or traditional. i dont recommend it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: flaggerphil on July 12, 2006, 01:02:10 AM
Anyone ever read "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", by Robert Heinlen, any other sci-fi buffs?

I'm a huge science fiction buff...been reading it voraciously since my early teens.

"The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" is one of my favorite Heinlen books, right up there with "Starship Troopers" (nothing like the movie...thank goodness... for those who have never read the book).  I also like "Job", one of his later books.

Right now I'm reading "The Traitor" by Stehpen Coonts and just recently finished "Red Thunder" and "Red Lightning" by John Varley, which I read in reverse order.  It still worked out ok.

I'm also a big Harry Turtledove, Larry Niven, Joe Haldeman and Pol Anderson fan and am waiting for a new H.T. book to be shipped from Amazon as soon as it's in.

In the wings is "Twelve Sharp" by Janet Evanovich, which is actually my wife's new book, but I enjoy the author.  Good light reading.  And while I'm not a big mystery fan I also enjoy Rita Mae Brown's work.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jambrose on July 12, 2006, 02:28:07 AM
I really recommend "How Now Shall We Live" by Charles Colsen. There are many facts and references listed providing interesting and relevant truths that conflict with what is considered mainstream "facts". Many instances of "well, I didn't know that.....that's interesting, and that helps me answer questions I had.." With basis of facts and documented evidence of facts mentioned.

"Starship Troopers"is one of my all time favorites, across all categorys. I read that the first time back in the 70s, and my two sons, now 18 and 21, read it also when they were about 12-30 yo. Both are big readers. They both continue to read sci-fi a lot.

Presently I'm reading Star Trek, "The Lost Years", about the original Star Trek group.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: didymus21 on July 14, 2006, 08:27:58 PM
Current List:

1.) Verbal Judo

2.) No Man Knows My History (The Life of Joseph Smith)

3.) Helter Skelter

4.) My life with Charles Manson

5.) Will you die for me? (The Man Who Killed for Charles Manson Tells His Own Story)

6.) The Pipe and Christ (A Christian-Sioux Dialogue)

7.) Wild at Heart (Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul)

8.) The Tibetan Book of the Dead



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on July 14, 2006, 09:28:59 PM
Jambrose,

I would recommend Francis Schaeffer's "How Should We Then Live."  Colson was highly influenced by Schaeffer, hence the similarity in title.  Great read by a brilliant apologist.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jambrose on July 15, 2006, 02:28:43 AM
Jambrose,

I would recommend Francis Schaeffer's "How Should We Then Live."  Colson was highly influenced by Schaeffer, hence the similarity in title.  Great read by a brilliant apologist.

I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to get/read that book. I find it very interesting in these books that many details and facts, if they were more known, would shape a larger and larger part of "society's" worldview.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on July 15, 2006, 12:18:42 PM
just finished :
Riding with Rilke  -Edmonton  English prof bio/literaryjourney/motorcycle epic
Catch and Release -Mark kingwell (philosophy prof UofT) -philosophy/family/fishing

Am Reading:
Mortal Mischief - Frank Tallis -Set in early 20th century Vienna/ whodunit/ like a sherlockHolmes meets Freud murder mystery with Vienna as a backdrop

On deck:
Why I Hate Canadians -Will Ferguson- Light and funny I hope, I really don't think we're that hateful...
The History of Nearly Everything- Bill Bryson- which should round out my education


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Cable53 on July 15, 2006, 05:34:56 PM

I'm very interested in these two books.  i almost got he collapse book and still may.
Nathan Bedford Forest is someone I'd like to learn a lot more about not just for his incredible civil war career but also for his life after the civil war and his founding of the KKK et all.  please let me know if the book is excellent throughout. 

Poki,  Sorry for the delay. I took a vacation. I've just finished Nathan Bedford Forrest (Jack Hurst) and I highly recommend it. It portrays NBF with warts and all but he was such an enigma. Appropriately nicknamed "the Wizard of The Saddle".
I once spent alot of time in Memphis and North Miss. for Business purposes (including Forrest City Arkansas) so was always curious myself. Asked how he won so many battles he said: "You get there the fastest with the mostest. One thing for certain. I'd have never picked a fight with him, or wanted to meet him on a field of battle. That was one bad dude."

Collapse was also very interesting if a bit dry in spot's. He brings up many valid points and new points of view to the discussion of societal collapse. I found the section on the Greenland Norse most interesting personally because of the air of mystery surrounding their demise.
                                                  Thanks, David
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Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on July 24, 2006, 08:19:05 PM
Another Roadside Attraction....Tom Robbins....:-)

I do wonder if this was the inspiration for the Da Vinci Code...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Trent in WA on July 24, 2006, 08:47:27 PM
I just finished I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard, by Tom Reynolds.  It's quite possibly the funniest book I've ever read.  If you have asthma, you'll want to keep an inhaler close to hand when reading it.  It's not as unrelentingly snarky as the title suggests, but it is a pretty scathing and musically astute collection of essays on a truly frightening set of songs. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on July 25, 2006, 11:22:54 PM
I'm now reading "For whom the bell tolls" -Hemingway


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Ol Achey on July 27, 2006, 04:25:35 AM
Ah, I love a thread like this - full of great suggestions.

Sort of in between books at the moment, but during this year I've read: Blink - Malcom Gladwell; 1776 - David McCullough; The Piano Tuner - Daniel Mason; The Poe Shadow - Matthew Pearl; Jarhead - Anthony Swofford; Clapton's Guitar - Allen St. John; The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini; A Death in Belmont - Sebastian Junger; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life - Walter Isaacson; Memoirs Of A Geisha - Arthur Golden; Ordinary Heroes - Scott Turow; The Scorpion's Gate - Richard A. Clark; Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin; and Chronicles - Bob Dylan.

Looking forward to Vol. 2 of Chronicles. Stating the obvious: he's quite a storyteller.

And when in between books, I dip back into Dylan's Visions Of Sin - Christopher Ricks. Each sentence is pay-attention territory. Slow-going for me, but fascinating.

-- O.A.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: magnummic on August 23, 2006, 04:01:53 AM
I like seeing that someone wrote in about the Giver. I used to teach that book. I just finished The Fountainhead and am currently battling The Dante Club. I don't know if i would recommend it though.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 23, 2006, 04:17:35 AM
I like seeing that someone wrote in about the Giver. I used to teach that book.

It was a good book, but left something to be desired( I don't know what though). Maybe because it was a children's book. It teaches you to ask questions, but I already question everything (even my questions  :WNK> ).

Are you a Literature teacher/professor?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 23, 2006, 04:20:11 AM
I finished "For whom the bell tolls", it was one of the best books I've read. pure genius.

I'm reading "Steppenwolf" now, it's weird but good so far.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on October 17, 2006, 07:07:40 AM
this is my favorite non guitar thread so i'm reviving it :wave

"Finding Amelia -The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance" by Ric Gillespie. 
this is an extremely well done, factual and very detailed chronicle of the events surrounding Earheart's world flight attempt and the search to find her and her navigator Fred Noonan.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: D4ve on October 17, 2006, 12:07:20 PM
The Last Kindom by Bernard Cornwell, It is a historical fiction about 9th century England and the wars between Saxon and Danish armies for control of England. The kingdom of Wessex under King Alfred was the Saoxn's last stand.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Sordello on October 17, 2006, 12:39:17 PM
The world events of these last few years has made me reach for Don Quixote:  I need to re-think what it is to be sane in a mad world... or is it, insane in a mad world???   :arrow


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on October 17, 2006, 03:52:43 PM
Just finished "The Painted Veil". Maugham I think is my favorite writer.

I'm working on "Babbitt" now.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Ol Achey on October 17, 2006, 11:56:26 PM
Recently finished "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks. One of the most fascinating books I've ever read, a fictional account of a historic event in 17th century England. The story portrays how a village dealt with the onslaught of the plague. A wonderfully told tale, convincing and all the more awesome because historical basis of the book actually occurred during 1655-1666 in the town of Eyam, England.

I had the privilege of attending the presentation by Geraldine Brooks and her husband Tony Horwitz a few weekends ago at the National Book Festival in DC. Both are Pulitzer winners... what a great event that was. Highly recommended.

And, Sordello -  :+1: on what you said!

-- Ol Achey.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on October 27, 2006, 05:39:49 AM
Three Wings for the Red Barron, Von Richthofen Strategy Tactics and Airplanes by Leon Bennett.
a study of the red baron and the aeronautical physics of the various makes of triplane designs and their use in air combat.

A short History of Nearly Everything, spacial illustrated edition by Bill Bryson
pretty much as the tile implies


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: McKay on November 02, 2006, 01:23:03 AM
A book about roofs.  If it sounds exciting let me assure you that it isn't.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: DaveyO on November 04, 2006, 01:54:25 AM
Wayne Dyer ,the power of intention,xlnt.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Novalis on November 17, 2006, 06:57:04 PM
Since I was a boy, all my money went towards records and books, so I got a relatively big library of both.

I'm currently re-reading one of the most important and life changing books of the 20th century: "Science and Sanity" by Alfred Korzybski. It was Korzybski who coined the term "the map is not the territory". This book changed the way natural scientists view, interpret, and conduct their work (I'm in the mental health field and it changed my entire outlook on the assumed "mind-body" dualism). Hard to find, won't find it in most stores, since most folks don't have the attention span to read such a long and difficult work. I know it's available on the general semantics website. Also just finished "The Fear of Life" by Alexander Lowen, the book he considered his most important.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on November 17, 2006, 08:56:05 PM
Shattered Sword: the untold story of the Battle of Midway. 
a new look at this epic battle between Japan and US in WWII which clarifies and exposes the ongoing myths about the battle.

The Greatest Stories Never Told
did you know the pilgrims intended landfall was Virginia but storms blew them off course so they had to make landfall in Plymouth Rock MA because they ran short of something too important to allow them more time to head back south?...it was BEER :beer  water was too easily contaminated so beer was brought along instead...might make a good excuse if you get pulled over for DUI or better yet, don't drink and drive :thumbsup


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on November 17, 2006, 09:11:25 PM
Mark Steyn - America Alone - The End of the World as We Know It.
Brilliant analysis of the times. A breezy and humourous romp through some very serious things. Hard to refute. It's the demography! I'd say if you only read one book this year, make it this one. Everything else is superfluous.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on November 18, 2006, 02:39:42 AM
I'm reading Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Not sure I like the writing style. It's hard to keep up with whats going on, not due to the odd structure of the book but the dialect. If you're not familiar with the book, it is written from different characters perspectives; as if the characters wrote the book. Alot of times they will use pronouns without explaining who they are referring to.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 20, 2006, 05:59:25 AM
I've been reading Ben Franklin's autobiography as of late, as well as old American short stories by Washington Irving.  I have dabbled in Poe's work as of late too. Poe is a bit dark for me, interesting at the same time.  He was definitely ahead of his time.  But Ben Franklin is probably one of the most interesting people in history, in my opinion. A truly brilliant mind.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Ratishna on December 21, 2006, 01:44:20 AM
Franklin, a true ladies' man if there ever was one.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 21, 2006, 02:32:24 AM
I'm reading "The Moon and Sixpence" ~ Maugham
I've already said it, but he's my favorite writer.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 21, 2006, 02:35:15 AM
jeremy - you ever read any Don DeLillo?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 21, 2006, 02:52:31 AM
jeremy - you ever read any Don DeLillo?

Nope. I read mostly "classics", I guess is what you'd call them. I think most of what I read is the kinda literature they teach in Lit. courses, cause I don't read much non-fiction or modern books. The last modern book I read was "wild at Heart" I believe, that was awhile ago. But I'm not opposed to reading outside that scope. Why do you ask? Have you read any Somerset Maugham?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 21, 2006, 04:10:30 AM
Nope. I read mostly "classics", I guess is what you'd call them. I think most of what I read is the kinda literature they teach in Lit. courses, cause I don't read much non-fiction or modern books. The last modern book I read was "wild at Heart" I believe, that was awhile ago. But I'm not opposed to reading outside that scope. Why do you ask? Have you read any Somerset Maugham?
I ask because you seem like a pretty creative person....at least that's what I gather from your writing style here when you post and the things that you seem interested in, musically. DeLillo is sort of a writer for creative writers. guess I just had a gut feeling that you may be a fan of his. 

I've not read Maugham...matter of fact, this is my first time hearing of him. what kind of stories does he write? 

isn't "wild at heart" a John Eldridge book?  some young guys (younger than me) have read it and were pretty excited about it. don't take this the wrong way, but when something is purchased from a Christian bookstore I usually shy away.  too much flavor-of-the-week thinking for my lame vanilla taste. but it may be a great book...I really don't know.  when it comes to Christian authors, I favor AW Tozer.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 21, 2006, 05:34:54 AM
I ask because you seem like a pretty creative person....at least that's what I gather from your writing style here when you post and the things that you seem interested in, musically. DeLillo is sort of a writer for creative writers. guess I just had a gut feeling that you may be a fan of his. 

I've not read Maugham...matter of fact, this is my first time hearing of him. what kind of stories does he write? 

isn't "wild at heart" a John Eldridge book?  some young guys (younger than me) have read it and were pretty excited about it. don't take this the wrong way, but when something is purchased from a Christian bookstore I usually shy away.  too much flavor-of-the-week thinking for my lame vanilla taste. but it may be a great book...I really don't know.  when it comes to Christian authors, I favor AW Tozer.

oh, well I certainly read creative writers. I may check him out. Maugham was a British writer from the early 20th century. His stories were I think at the root, stories about the human condition and how their minds' work. He is great at describing personalities and what makes people tick.

"wild at heart" is John Eldridge. It was totally not my usually reading material, but I did like it. It was flavor of the week for awhile, I saw a few kids carrying it around at college. (who knew they could really read  :bgrin: ,of course they could have been carrying it just to look hip)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 21, 2006, 05:40:04 AM
of course they could have been carrying it just to look hip
this is the main reason I don't go into the Christian book store.  They may as well rename most sections of the store "this is the section to get the stuff that makes you look cool and like you are a real thinker of the times and that you take things seriously and have a desire to learn/grow/influence the masses while looking hip, cool, neat, and holy"

sorry....guess that was a rant. 

back on topic.......

I plan to focus on early American writing throughout '07.  I should like our modern times even less when I'm done.

 :yawn





 :wave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on December 21, 2006, 05:53:18 AM
when i eventually finish Shattered Sword, the untold story of the battle of midway my next books are

Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jefrey Kluger
Comm Check the final flight of Shuttle Columbia by Michael Cabbage and Willam Harwood

Shattered Sword is turning out to be an extremely detailed and fascinating look at the midway battle from the japanese perspective but it delves into the minutia so is slow reading.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: stuco on December 21, 2006, 04:52:50 PM
 :ph34r:

Re-reading Into thin air-john krakauer


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bob_d on December 23, 2006, 10:19:07 PM
The Iraq Study Group Report.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: magnummic on December 25, 2006, 03:51:43 AM
Jeremy3220, Sorry I did not get back to you. I am a literature teacher and have enkoyed the list of books that you have been citing. I also thought As I Lay Dying was a bit difficult to follow, but I think that was Faulkner's vibe. You need to check out The Sound and the Fury. It is told from four different points of view and one of them is of a mentally challenged child. I still haven't figured out much of the plot. Thanks for the interesting list, though. I'm going to be off to the library soon. Have a good holiday.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 25, 2006, 04:38:38 AM
Jeremy3220, Sorry I did not get back to you. I am a literature teacher and have enjoyed the list of books that you have been citing. I also thought As I Lay Dying was a bit difficult to follow, but I think that was Faulkner's vibe. You need to check out The Sound and the Fury. It is told from four different points of view and one of them is of a mentally challenged child. I still haven't figured out much of the plot. Thanks for the interesting list, though. I'm going to be off to the library soon. Have a good holiday.

no problem, I know I forget to check back through threads I've posted in sometimes. I was fascinated by the ornate writing style juxtaposed against the characters spoken vocabularies(in As I Lay Dying). Faulkner let them be masters of language in their points of view, but when they spoke they 'was regular ol' sharecroppers just as sho as yo're born'

Back to Maugham; They just released a movie of the last one of his I read, the Painted Veil. I was excited to see the trailer, then ticked when I found out they aren't releasing it in my state. I guess that's TN for you. They are also the ones who released "the Science of Sleep" that I wanted to go see, no dice there either. But you can check the trailer out here
http://wip.warnerbros.com/paintedveil/
It has Naomi Watts and Edward Norton in the leading roles.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: magnummic on December 25, 2006, 03:36:31 PM
Faulkner definitely was a ble to master the vernacular of his characters. Not many people can do that these days. Tom Wolfe comes close though I have not read his latest. Thanks for the info on Maugham; I'll have to read him as I am not too familiar with his work. Thanks.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: DaveyO on December 25, 2006, 04:55:10 PM
Tuesdays with Morey, and the 5 people you meet in heaven,
good heart warming stuff.
David


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Ol Achey on December 25, 2006, 11:58:42 PM
Well, now I know what I will be reading! "The Mayor of MacDougal Street - A Memoir" by Dave Van Ronk with Elijah Wald. Got the companion CD, too. A very nice Christmas gift indeed.

-- Ol Achey


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 26, 2006, 06:11:20 PM
Tuesdays with Morey, and the 5 people you meet in heaven,
good heart warming stuff.
David
I thought "Tuesdays..." was pretty good, but didn't care for "The 5 People...." at all. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 09, 2007, 05:58:52 AM
I've decided to start rereading Franklin's autobiography.  I can't seem to get enough of his wisdom.  I plan on reading quite a bit of Jefferson this year as well. Any lovers of Jefferson's writing here, or Franklin's for that matter?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on January 09, 2007, 07:00:23 AM
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Alchemist
The Risk Pool by Richard Russo


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jmb27 on January 26, 2007, 10:47:53 PM
Just finished: The Sun Also Rises - E Hemingway

Just started: The Light of Day - G Swift

Next in line: The Razor's Edge - S Maugham (spelling? )

course, there's always a copy of Guitar Player on the go - I only buy it for the pictures :bgrin:

 :donut :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on January 26, 2007, 11:07:26 PM
Just finished: The Sun Also Rises - E Hemingway

Just started: The Light of Day - G Swift

Next in line: The Razor's Edge - S Maugham (spelling? )

course, there's always a copy of Guitar Player on the go - I only buy it for the pictures :bgrin:

 :donut :donut2 :coffee

Alright, someone else has great taste in literature  :wink:
"The Sun Also Rises" is on my list to read, but I think I'm going for "The Green Hills of Africa" first.
 Maugham is one of my favorite writers, "Razor" and "Of Human Bondage" are his two best I've read so far. Have you read any of his books yet?

I'm about halfway through "On the Road" - Kerouac. I thought since everyone else has read it, I should. It seems good so far, but I'm not sure if it will live up to its reputation.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on January 26, 2007, 11:52:00 PM
Jeremy3220

I'm curious to find out what you think of "On The Road" after you finish it.   I've read it several times now along with all his other books.  I re-read On the Road every couple of years just to get my batteries charged for some offbeat adventure.   If you find that you liked it after all, I would suggest you check out a couple of Dave Eggers books:    "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius"  and "You Shall Know Our Velocity" are both very remeniscent of Kerouc's "stream-of-consciousness" style of writing and they also include incredible travel adventures.   
Also...............are there any Elmore Leonard fans out there.    I've read all his stuff too and I think he is one of the best writers when it comes to vernacular and dialog;  he nails it every time.

Carl Hiasson is also a great pleasure to read.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jmb27 on January 28, 2007, 05:45:54 PM
Hey Jeremy 3220 and tuffythepug, yes I have read both Razor and Of Human Bondage ... it seems they both rotate thru every few years. 
And, I have gone On the Road with Kerouac. Also enjoyed Dharma Bums.

cheers

 :coffee :donut


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Denis on January 28, 2007, 06:37:16 PM
Hey Jeremy 3220 and tuffythepug, yes I have read both Razor and Of Human Bondage ... it seems they both rotate thru every few years. 
And, I have gone On the Road with Kerouac. Also enjoyed Dharma Bums.

cheers

 :coffee :donut

I liked Dharma Bums as well.  But On The Road, well, that's one I've read several times.  There should be an unedited version about to hit the shelves soon, isn't there?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on January 28, 2007, 10:46:56 PM
Hey Andrew, if you like Hunter S., you might enjoy "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Ken Kesey.  Very entertaining, though I would not recommend it as a life-style!

Long live the Merry Pranksters!
"Are you ON the BUS?"



Please correct me if I'm wrong but I thought that book was written by Tom Wolf about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.   I don't have the book in front of me and me memory could be fading:  I read it a lifetime ago.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: magnummic on January 29, 2007, 12:51:24 AM
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test was by Tom Wolfe. Kesey wrote the One Flew... and then tuned out, dropped in or whatever. I thought he had some real talent, but it was a shame that he got embroiled in the lifestyle. Same for a lot of those beats. On the Road was important because of the emotion, and it made you feel what it was like to be there...pure genius. As with a lot of literature, the greatness is in the emotion. Someone mentioned The Sun Also Rises, which is one of my favorite books. When I first read that, I was 18 and it changed my life more than anything had, my wife and child notwithstanding. I have read it several times. Right now, I'm revisiting Gatsby, another flawless piece of literature, because I am teaching it to my eleventh graders. I am reminded of something Emerson said: "When I read a good book I wish I would live a thousand years."


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GuitarGuy on January 29, 2007, 01:14:53 AM
Not sure if Tuffy's question was completely answered, but Yes, Tom Wolfe's 'Kool-Aid Acid Test' WAS indeed written as a chronicle about Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.

My current books (since Christmas)...
Chronicles  Bob Dylan
Always Fresh (biography of Tim Hortons CEO Ron Joyce)
The Kite Runner (presently)
The Emperor's Children (next up)

Guy


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on January 29, 2007, 03:55:43 AM
 Guy
Thanks for validatiing my memory on the author of "Acid Test".     I see you are currently reading the Kite Runner.   How are you liking it so far ?  I would put in the top 5 of the books I've read in the last several years.
The classic tale of betrayal and redemption told beautifully, if painfully, in some instances.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, believable story about people and places most of us will never experience.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: expatCanuck on January 29, 2007, 12:11:45 PM
Just finished ... American Gods and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.

Think of a dark Douglas Adams ...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GuitarGuy on January 29, 2007, 09:14:10 PM
Guy
Thanks for validatiing my memory on the author of "Acid Test".     I see you are currently reading the Kite Runner.   How are you liking it so far ?  I would put in the top 5 of the books I've read in the last several years.
The classic tale of betrayal and redemption told beautifully, if painfully, in some instances.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, believable story about people and places most of us will never experience.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



Indeed, The Kite Runner is a great read, and highly recommended.  The first 100 or so pages allow the reader to see the world through the eyes of a 12 year old similar to Sallinger's "Catcher in the Rye" through the eyes of a 16 yr old.  I have 20 pages left to read, and I wish there was more.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on January 31, 2007, 05:09:58 PM
Anyone read Goethe's 'Faust'? There seems to be a crazy amount of translations. which is the best?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on February 02, 2007, 04:54:10 PM
Just finished "The War Journal of Major Rocky Gause".  It's a true story of an american escapee in WWII.  Fascinating reading.
"Running with Scissors"  by Augusten Burroughs which was a strange read, but entertaining.
"Cell" by Stephen King.
I've just started reading "The Cases that Haunt Us" by retired FBI profiler John Douglas and novelist  Mark Olshaker.

Old Folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Woodbadger on February 02, 2007, 05:56:49 PM
Currently reading Blood and Thunder (http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Thunder-Epic-American-West/dp/0385507771/sr=8-1/qid=1170438868/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-3389844-1167258?ie=UTF8&s=books) by Hampton Sides. This on the basis of a piece done on CBS Sunday Morning News. A history of the westward expansion starting in the 1840s told around the life and exploits of Kit Carson.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: canoe65 on February 02, 2007, 06:41:33 PM
Right now, I am reading, "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel.

I just finished, "Three Day Road", by Joseph Boyden.

My next book will be, "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid", by Bill Bryson.

 :guitar


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fergy07 on February 06, 2007, 04:38:43 PM
'What Paul Meant' by Gary Willis. Not a bad book about St. Paul's various letters.

Andy


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: little fingers on February 09, 2007, 09:51:50 PM
The last three: The Valkyries; Paulo Coelho, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Jonathan Safran Foer and The History of Love; NIcole Krauss.
currently reading: War Trash; Ha Jin and Inner Circle; TC Boyle.
 :donut


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bob_d on February 16, 2007, 04:16:34 AM
I just started The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bogie on February 17, 2007, 05:08:50 PM
you might enjoy "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Ken Kesey
"Are you ON the BUS?"

I'm originally from Edmonton, Alberta. At one point in my youth, I worked at a Cajun restaurant. The owners of it are wonderful people. The wife was a total hippie (and still is today) who had migrated from California to Edmonton in order to take her Masters Degree in Slavic studies. She told me that she was well acquainted with Ken Kesey and her first husband was one of the characters in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, the "frantic piano player" if I remember correctly.

Anyway, I'm currently reading Berlin 1945 by Anthony Beevor, he also wrote Stalingrad.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 17, 2007, 05:14:46 PM
I'm currently reading "The Life of Benjamin Franklin: From Boyhood to Manhood" by William Thayer. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ElJefe on February 28, 2007, 01:54:39 AM
Skeptical Guitarist- Yeah, I'm trying to learn how to read music.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on March 14, 2007, 01:20:25 AM
i just finished Sartre's "The Age of Reason". It was ok, kinda bland.

I never gave my thoughts on "On the Road". It was good, but I didn't think it was as great as its reputation would have you believe. The characters were interesting because they were free but didn't have much say. I didn't find a lot of great ideas or much I could take from it, nor was the plot itself of great importance. If there were any great revelations in the book, they weren't anything that hadn't been revealed to me before.

I started reading Hemingway's "The Green Hills of Africa". I've got high hopes for it. Actually I got the idea from "On the Road", where the narrator says he thinks it was Hemingway's best work, but I'm not new to Hemingway. I liked all his stuff so far, which is why I think it will probably get a thumbs up.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: scotchtape on March 23, 2007, 04:36:17 PM
The Collapse of Globalism by John Ralston Saul.

going to read The rebel sell next.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on April 07, 2007, 02:55:52 AM
just finished Comm Check: the Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia by Michael Cabbage and William Harwood.  at times a painfull and frustrating read of human fallibility and the tragic consequences.

The Dam Busters by Janathan Falconer.  the telling of the WWII British "Chastise" mission to breach the dams in western germany and it's aftermath.

currently reading    A Short History of the Korean War by James L. Stokesbury
 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Blue in VT on April 16, 2007, 03:30:55 PM
I've been on an end of the world kick for some reason lately...maybe I'm a pessimist after all... :rolleye:

So last few weeks I've read..."Alas Babylon" about a full scale nuclear exchange between the US and USSR...kinda slow...written in the late 50's so a bit to upbeat considering the consequences of such a "war"

"Lucifer's Hammer" about a Comet striking the earth...and the decline of civilization afterward....very well written and fun to read....in a depressing sort of way.

I'm currently working thru "Children of Men" the book version of the recent movie....this is one of the few instances where I would say that the movie is better than the book!!!  For those who haven't seen it (or read it) its about a future in which human reproduction has stopped and the last generation of humans (25 years old in the book) are dealing with the decline of the race and struggling to learn why this catastrophe occurred.

Any way...a weird rut I'm in...but it has exposed me to some new and intersting books!

 :cheers

Blue


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: dmw on April 16, 2007, 03:42:15 PM
Reading The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 16, 2007, 06:35:50 PM
Reading The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll
Great book on a great subject.  Swindoll is truly a gifted man. Speaking of Swindoll, I get his sermons on CD mailed to my house each month from his church in Frisco, TX.  It's only $20 a month and well worth it, in my view.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on April 17, 2007, 01:20:13 AM
Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a fine book, enjoyed it very much. I also came across an interesting link that Yann has created.. it seems he has some issues with our PM Stephen Harper. This could be an interesting thread to follow as well as some good reading suggestiions.

http://www.whatisstephenharperreading.ca (http://www.whatisstephenharperreading.ca)

Rob


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: dmw on April 17, 2007, 05:17:33 AM
Great book on a great subject.  Swindoll is truly a gifted man. Speaking of Swindoll, I get his sermons on CD mailed to my house each month from his church in Frisco, TX.  It's only $20 a month and well worth it, in my view.
I'll have to look into that.  I enjoy hearing him. My wife listens everyday to his radio program.  This particular book is the best I have read.  I guess it is the subject that interest me.  I am also doing a study of the Book of Galatians and so Swindoll's book has been very insightful.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 17, 2007, 03:40:31 PM
I'm currently reading:

The Long Road Home - A Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz

She works for ABC and was in Iraq in 04 when Sadr City was nuts.  This book is basically about the family members and the service members.  Very interesting reading.  Makes you completely apprecaite what the troops have gone through and are still going through. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on April 26, 2007, 06:52:55 AM
Over the edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

The Complete Idiots Guide to the Roman Empire by Eric Nelson


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 27, 2007, 02:22:27 PM
I'm rereading The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel. 



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 14, 2007, 11:48:08 PM
The Confessions of Augustine

The Works of Aquinas Vol. 1


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Ol Achey on May 15, 2007, 12:02:12 AM
A Thousands Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner.

-- Ol Achey


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 11, 2007, 04:51:58 AM
May as well keep this thread going.....


The Pilgrim's Progess by John Bunyan (Interesting note:  This book has been translated into more languages than any other book besides the Bible and for about 300 years was second only to the Bible in sales.  If you've never read it, check it out.  A classic)

All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Ken Myers


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: dmw on June 12, 2007, 03:18:37 AM
Pilgrims Progress is a great book!
I am reading Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on June 12, 2007, 05:45:49 AM
Non-Fiction:    Just finished "City of Falling Angels"  By John Berendt (Midnight in the Garden of Good an Evil)

Fiction:   Just finished "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen (About a young Veterinary student on a Circus Train  during prohibition)  Great book. Best book I've read since The Kite Runner.

Fiction:  Just started "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini  (Kite Runner)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GuitPL4evr on June 12, 2007, 05:21:44 PM
I am trying to raise the awareness of reading tothe younger generation, and am noticing how many folks cannot actually read, even adults.  Any suggestions on easy readers or books that will keep interest and improve reading comprehension?



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on June 12, 2007, 05:46:13 PM
I am trying to raise the awareness of reading tothe younger generation, and am noticing how many folks cannot actually read, even adults.  Any suggestions on easy readers or books that will keep interest and improve reading comprehension?



Interesting question:    I grew up as the son of a first-grade teacher so I was reading when I was about 5 years old.    Even though I knew how to read and comprehend the written word without any problem I was just not motivated to do it after High School.   I didn't start reading for pleasure until I was in my 40's when I began reading biographies of music personalities.   Once I started reading books again I couldn't get my fill. I now have a book going all the time and I read at least a couple a month.  I read both fiction and non-fiction depending on what sounds good at the time.  I think the key to getting young people to read is to get them to read about things they're interested in already.   The subject is not so important as the idea that reading can be fun and informative.  Once they realize that fact they can be guided into other literary genres and the world will begin to open up for them.
I know this isn't exactly what you were looking for but I thought I'd throw it out for what it's worth.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 13, 2007, 12:23:54 AM
Great observation.  I think one issue that keeps folks from reading is that many simply do not know how to engage their imaginations.  The younger generation is used to everything instant, and honestly, most movies today simply are not good stories in my view.  The best stories, in my opinion, have already been told for the most part and they are in books.  Once in a great while a really good story, like the Lord of the Rings, will make it to film and be done justice, but they are few are far between. 

For someone who wants to get into reading, I would recommend some of the old American short stories by guys like Poe, Twain, and especially Washington Irving (one of my favorites).


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 13, 2007, 01:22:36 AM
I love reading.  And I've realized that what is stopping me from reading these days is all the time I waste online.  Web-surfing is somewhat more active and productive than zoning out in front of the tube, but not by too much.  Before I had a computer, I read far more than I do now.  I'm going to try to cut back on the hours in front of the PC and spend more time reading.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on June 13, 2007, 01:29:02 AM
Reading is great but there's is also a big difference between good literature and fluff that gets turned into movies on the Lifetime channel. I don't know why people don't like to read much, but my guess is that what you can get out of great literature doesn't coincide with people's values anymore. Most people I know seem more concerned with what kind of car they drive than the meaning of life or why they care what kind of car they drive.

In the book Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis there is a chapter where Babbitt and his best friend Paul ,both of who are business men burnt out by the rat race, go on vacation without there families for the first time. A passage from it reads...

Babbitt’s moment of impassioned release came when they sat on a tiny wharf on Lake Sunasquam, awaiting the launch from the hotel. A raft had floated down the lake; between the logs and the shore, the water was transparent, thin-looking, flashing with minnows. A guide in black felt hat with trout-flies in the band, and flannel shirt of a peculiarly daring blue, sat on a log and whittled and was silent. A dog, a good country dog, black and woolly gray, a dog rich in leisure and in meditation, scratched and grunted and slept. The thick sunlight was lavish on the bright water, on the rim of gold-green balsam boughs, the silver birches and tropic ferns, and across the lake it burned on the sturdy shoulders of the mountains. Over everything was a holy peace.    
  Silent, they loafed on the edge of the wharf, swinging their legs above the water. The immense tenderness of the place sank into Babbitt, and he murmured, “I’d just like to sit here—the rest of my life—and whittle—and sit. And never hear a typewriter. Or Stan Graff fussing in the ’phone. Or Rone and Ted scrapping. Just sit. Gosh!”  
  He patted Paul’s shoulder. “How does it strike you, old snoozer?”    
  “Oh, it’s darn good, Georgie. There’s something sort of eternal about it.”  
  For once, Babbitt understood him.  

You won't find that anywhere except in literature, but I wonder if people even care to find it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 13, 2007, 02:04:04 AM
I loved Babbitt.  But I read it when I was a self-righteous 13-year-old, and I assumed that every old fart over 25 with short hair was the incarnation of poor old George.  (I said to my mother at one point: "You're just like Babbitt!"  And she assured me that she had said the same thing to her elders when she was a teenager.) 

I'd like to re-read it now from the perspective of middle age and the thousands of compromises I've made along the way in my own life.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on June 13, 2007, 02:17:59 AM
I loved Babbitt.  But I read it when I was a self-righteous 13-year-old, and I assumed that every old fart over 25 with short hair was the incarnation of poor old George.  (I said to my mother at one point: "You're just like Babbitt!"  And she assured me that she had said the same thing to her elders when she was a teenager.) 

I'd like to re-read it now from the perspective of middle age and the thousands of compromises I've made along the way in my own life.


It's great. He paints such a well framed picture of Babbitt. He seems so simple and from your omniscient view you feel you'd never end up like him, but at some point you realize in someway you're like him.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on June 15, 2007, 04:28:48 PM
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick.  the telling of the people of the plymouth colony and the wampanoag indians.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Ol Achey on June 21, 2007, 01:53:06 AM
poki, Mayflower sounds interesting. What do you think of it?

I'm reading The Assault on Reason by Al Gore. Nearly finished.


-- Ol Achey


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 21, 2007, 04:24:56 AM
Just started Grace Abounding to the Cheif of Sinners by John Bunyan.  I've actually never had the experience with any other book that I'm having with this one.  Sometimes its as if he's read my mind and written about it, only back in the 17th century.  It's actually so strange that I really cannot put it into words.  It's like me and this guy have lived the same life at times.  Not that I'm to be considered to be on the same spiritual level as Bunyan, but some of his thoughts and struggles are the same as mine and his reactions were/are the same as mine to them.  Truly strange.  I wonder if anyone else has ever experienced this reading a book.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on June 21, 2007, 12:30:05 PM
  I wonder if anyone else has ever experienced this reading a book.

Yes.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on June 21, 2007, 03:25:36 PM
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (Paperback) by Daniel J. Levitin
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Think of a song that resonates deep down in your being. Now imagine sitting down with someone who was there when the song was recorded and can tell you how that series of sounds was committed to tape, and who can also explain why that particular combination of rhythms, timbres and pitches has lodged in your memory, making your pulse race and your heart swell every time you hear it. Remarkably, Levitin does all this and more, interrogating the basic nature of hearing and of music making (this is likely the only book whose jacket sports blurbs from both Oliver Sacks and Stevie Wonder), without losing an affectionate appreciation for the songs he's reducing to neural impulses. Levitin is the ideal guide to this material: he enjoyed a successful career as a rock musician and studio producer before turning to cognitive neuroscience, earning a Ph.D. and becoming a top researcher into how our brains interpret music. Though the book starts off a little dryly (the first chapter is a crash course in music theory), Levitin's snappy prose and relaxed style quickly win one over and will leave readers thinking about the contents of their iPods in an entirely new way. (Aug.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: kwakatak on June 22, 2007, 02:24:32 AM
I'm currently reading Kevin Trudeau's "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You To Know About" and feel a little like a kook.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on June 22, 2007, 03:49:07 AM
poki, Mayflower sounds interesting. What do you think of it?

I'm reading The Assault on Reason by Al Gore. Nearly finished.


-- Ol Achey

Hey Ol Achey
i just started reading this book i can can't say for sure but thus far it's very interesting.  i've been taking a book tour through world history on subjects i read about way, way back in my school days which were typically homogenized and or falsified versions


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 22, 2007, 04:40:19 AM
I decided to undertake a fairly serious study of history again myself.  Having been out of school now for many years, and now genuinely interested in it, it was time for a thorough review.  But regarding the "homogenized and or falsified versions" comment made -- I agree; and I'd tread carefully and not expect much objectivity from folks like Gore (or any other modern politician on EITHER side). Guys like him aren't completely objective and tend to rewrite more history than they actually report on it, IMO.  I find that most historical or political commentaries from the past 50 years to be pretty shallow and slanted for the most part.  Somewhere along the way truth took a backseat to scoring one for the team.  As a matter of fact, when I want to read something about world history, or even older American history, I normally look for something written before the 20th century.  Not only were there more well-written books then, you don't get all the social engineering from the "experts" or our day and from recent history. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 22, 2007, 01:10:02 PM
  As a matter of fact, when I want to read something about world history, or even older American history, I normally look for something written before the 20th century.  Not only were there more well-written books then, you don't get all the social engineering from the "experts" or our day and from recent history. 

The only problem is that I can't find any books from that time period that deal with 20th-century history.   :winkin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 22, 2007, 03:43:13 PM
The only problem is that I can't find any books from that time period that deal with 20th-century history.   :winkin:
:laughin:

True enough. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on June 23, 2007, 03:28:05 AM
.  I find that most historical or political commentaries from the past 50 years to be pretty shallow and slanted for the most part.  Somewhere along the way truth took a backseat to scoring one for the team.  As a matter of fact, when I want to read something about world history, or even older American history, I normally look for something written before the 20th century.  Not only were there more well-written books then, you don't get all the social engineering from the "experts" or our day and from recent history. 

Let me get this straight;  You truly believe that writers of 50 years ago or prior to the turn of the century were not influenced by either personal bias, prejudice or political allegiances ?   While I agree that the writing styles and structure in most cases is quite different today than in those days I don't believe for one minute that their accounts of what happened were any purer than todays writers.   You seem to me to be an intelligent person with strong opinions.  Should we discount what you have to say because you didn't say it 100 years ago ?

Everyone who has ever picked up pen and paper (or quill and parchment) or keyboard for that matter has brought their own life experiences and belief systems to their writing and documenting of the world around them.     One account is not necessarily right or wrong,  truth or fiction, but rather one version of events that have transpired.  Always has been ;  always will be.

Remember: Its entirely possible for two opposiing views to both be wrong.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 23, 2007, 05:02:01 AM
Let me get this straight;  You truly believe that writers of 50 years ago or prior to the turn of the century were not influenced by either personal bias, prejudice or political allegiances ?   
Influence is not the same as the absolute mindless adherance that we see from today's writers to their cause. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: SlowFingers on June 23, 2007, 06:10:52 AM
You guys read stuff that requires way too much thinking on the reader's part.  :smile:

I go for entertaining and light. I am presently reading the books in John Sanford's Prey series.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on June 23, 2007, 06:47:29 AM
You guys read stuff that requires way too much thinking on the reader's part.  :smile:

I go for entertaining and light. I am presently reading the books in John Sanford's Prey series.

Slowfingers
I'm suprised that you describe John Sanford's "Prey" series as "light".     Entertaining ? yes, absoultely.  I'm sure you were being sarcastic about the light part.     I've read several of these although I haven't read the latest two or three;   I've got to get back into those.  They're great.    If you like John Sanford you would probably like Micahael Connelly also. Have you read any of his Harry Bosch series ?  Also, the Master as far as I'm concerned is Elmore Leonard for "lighthearted" crime novels.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 23, 2007, 04:48:08 PM
For some reason I can only do "light" when I'm on vacation.  Normally, when I'm not reading about music and guitars, I like to read about politics and current events.

But when I'm on vacation, I devour John Grisham novels in a day and Scott Turow novels in two-and-a-half.  I read Grisham's The King of Torts when I was in the middle of defending a big class action, and even though it was sort of a cartoon version of that world, it was surprisingly accurate about a lot of things.

As for why I would read law novels when I'm on vacation, I guess a shrink could explain that.

Incidentally, if you're ever interested in very readable pulp with a music theme, I recommend Ace Atkins's crime novels.  There's nothing elevated about them, and they can get a bit over-the-top violent, but they've always got a blues/R'n'B theme that makes them lots of fun.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on June 23, 2007, 07:01:31 PM
For some reason I can only do "light" when I'm on vacation.  Normally, when I'm not reading about music and guitars, I like to read about politics and current events.

But when I'm on vacation, I devour John Grisham novels in a day and Scott Turow novels in two-and-a-half.  I read Grisham's The King of Torts when I was in the middle of defending a big class action, and even though it was sort of a cartoon version of that world, it was surprisingly accurate about a lot of things.

As for why I would read law novels when I'm on vacation, I guess a shrink could explain that.

Incidentally, if you're ever interested in very readable pulp with a music theme, I recommend Ace Atkins's crime novels.  There's nothing elevated about them, and they can get a bit over-the-top violent, but they've always got a blues/R'n'B theme that makes them lots of fun.



Yes vacation time is the time I can read for pure pleasure with no time restraints or more pressing obligations.  In fact I just got back from a week at the ocean where I devoured " A Thousand Splendid Suns" .  Great story, by the way.  I would recommend it.   Next up is E.L. Doctorow's latest historical novel "The March" which is set against the 1864 march to the Sea by General Sherman.  I guess I'll be getting a little bit of history as well as a yarn spun from the mind of Doctorow.    I will definitely check out Ace Atkins on your recommendation.  Thanks.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on June 23, 2007, 07:24:24 PM
Quote
I will definitely check out Ace Atkins on your recommendation.  Thanks.

He's definitely more Grisham than Doctorow, but still fun all the same.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: BRfromPA on June 27, 2007, 01:46:35 AM
Anyone ever read "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", by Robert Heinlen, any other sci-fi buffs?

SciFi fan here.  Read tons and tons of it.  I blame it on finding Asimov's Foundation Trilogy in a house I bought (for $10K back in '72).  I was hooked.  Heinlen is one of the mainstays. 

I have a really bad memory so if i remember a book it made quiet an impression.

I remember Watchers At The Pond, about, you guessed it, about the wildlife of a pond.  Hard to find book read ages ago.
I remember Jack of Shadows, Roger Zelazny, a world that's half light and science and half darkness and magic.
I remember Tale of Two Cities, which I feared I couldn't force my way through but got caught up and couldn't put it down.
I remember Lord of Light and Rendezvous with Rama,  and Bereserker Wars, and Fly Boys, and 1984, and how disappointed I am that my gray matter won't let me recall more of these places I've visited.   But I reread them and sometimes forget the surprise parts!

Anyhow that enough BS for my first post here!  I should go read something to take my mind off the FedEx tracking page that shows my D-03R crawling it's way to PA from Notable.  A watched FedEx truck never moves!  And I'm not even a guitar player! (yet)

Brent


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on June 27, 2007, 11:05:32 PM
I used to read a lot of Sci fi when I was in my teens and twenties. Now it's really a mixed bag. I did come accross the Hyperion series ~5-6 books (don't remember) by Dan Simmons and was very entertained by his imaginative and skillful writing, Highly recommended. Recently been rereading 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Vienna Blood by Frank Tallis and on deck The Pagan Christ by Tom Harpur.
Cheers'
Rob


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 26, 2007, 01:15:44 AM
May as well keep a good thread going......

Just got done with:

The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway
Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
The Hobbit - Tolkien

Currently reading:

Amusing Ourselves To Death - Neil Postman
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Luther's Commentary on Galatians


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Blue in VT on July 26, 2007, 01:35:12 PM
 :wave :wave

Well....I'll go ahead and admit it...I'm a super Dork!!!!  I'm 2/3s of the way through vol 7 of Harry Potter....and I love it!!!  just great so far....what a blast to read...can't wait to see what the end of this epic is like!!

 :cheers

Blue


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Denis on July 26, 2007, 04:53:16 PM
May as well keep a good thread going......

Just got done with:

The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway
Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
The Hobbit - Tolkien

Currently reading:

Amusing Ourselves To Death - Neil Postman
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Luther's Commentary on Galatians

The Hobbit is one you can read more than once.  Great book  and a great introduction to the Lord of the Rings.

To Kill a Mockingbird...wow, that takes me back to 9th grade.  Far and away, the best book I read in high school.  The movie was good too but no movie is ever as good as the book. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 26, 2007, 05:00:18 PM
I would give the makers of the film "Being There" full marks for making a great movie out of an good book. Peter Sellers, in his greatest role, is the key to that perhaps.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 26, 2007, 05:15:41 PM
The Hobbit is one you can read more than once.  Great book  and a great introduction to the Lord of the Rings.

To Kill a Mockingbird...wow, that takes me back to 9th grade.  Far and away, the best book I read in high school.  The movie was good too but no movie is ever as good as the book. 
That was my third go round on the Hobbit (I think). That stroy just never gets old.   It's been since High School since I went through TKAM, but for some reason I just wanted to revisted it.  Nostalgia? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on July 26, 2007, 08:10:13 PM
Recently finished:       
E.L. Doctorow's   "The March"     
Peter Nichols'  "A Voyage For Madmen"

Also, I would highly recommend the Alexander McCall Smith series of "The #1 Ladies Detective Agency" books.  I believe there are 8 at last count.   If you haven't heard of these or read them they are set in present-day Botswana and are just terrific little books about a "Traditionally built" Botswanan woman Mma Romatswe, who opens a detective agency and eventually marries   Mr. JLB Matekoni the finest automobile mechanic in all of Botswana.  These are little morality plays that will leave you wishing you too lived in Botswana and knew these folks.   The use of language and the customs of these people will charm your socks off.

Next up for me is a re-read of "Sometimes a Great Notion" by Ken Kesey.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 26, 2007, 09:26:18 PM
How did you like The March? I wished it was a lot longer.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on July 27, 2007, 01:56:09 AM
How did you like The March? I wished it was a lot longer.

It could have been fleshed out a bit more.    It certainly is not another Gone With The Wind.   I liked most of his characters but they could have been developed a lot more.   When you say you wish it was a lot longer do you mean you wish it covered a wider slice of history ?   More of the events leading up to the March, perhaps ?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 27, 2007, 03:08:11 PM
I really liked the characters, the plot and I'm a history buff. I thought it was a book that could have easily been twice as long without being bloated. Doctorow's ability to shine a light into those times is fascinating to me. I liked the way it tied into Ragtime. Almost like a prequel. Can we expect more from Mr. Walker?

BTW, has anyone read Orson Scott Card's Empire? It's created quite a stir over on Amazon. Reviewers love Card and the Ender series but hate Empire because of the politics in it, to the point where some refuse to believe OSC actually wrote it. Check out these reviews. Whatever the case, it's making want to read it. I'll be careful and borrow it from the library though.

http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Orson-Scott-Card/dp/0765316110 

Another book I'll be looking for is E B Sledge's With The Old Breed. Looks like a great read for history buffs. 

http://victorhanson.com/articles/hanson072507.html


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Denis on July 27, 2007, 03:49:09 PM
I would give the makers of the film "Being There" full marks for making a great movie out of an good book. Peter Sellers, in his greatest role, is the key to that perhaps.

I always thought Peter Sellers greatest role(s) was(were) in Dr Strangelove, one of my all time favorite movies but then Being There, that was definitely a great film.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 29, 2007, 12:27:01 PM
D'accord. Clouseau isn't bad either.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on July 29, 2007, 02:25:37 PM
:wave :wave

Well....I'll go ahead and admit it...I'm a super Dork!!!!  I'm 2/3s of the way through vol 7 of Harry Potter....and I love it!!!  just great so far....what a blast to read...can't wait to see what the end of this epic is like!!

 :cheers

Blue

My SO bought the book last Saturday morning and literally spent the whole weekend reading it, finishing it at about 2:00 a.m. Monday morning.  We have a couple of friends who did the same thing.  I've never read any of them, so I was immune to it all.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: sunburst on August 10, 2007, 01:03:49 AM
Our household has 3 copies of "The Deathly Hallows,' and nobody was allowed to discuss it until everyone was finished. Our oldest daughter finished it in about 5 hours. The rest of us were a little slower. :laughin:

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 10, 2007, 01:32:16 AM
I just received a book containing a collection of a few books by Nietzsche. I think I'm gonna start with 'Beyond Good and Evil'.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 10, 2007, 02:48:07 AM
Just finished up To Kill a Mockingbird. Man, what a great story......


Just started The Stranger by Albert Camus


jeremy - I'm curious....what exactly is interesting to you about Nietzsche? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 10, 2007, 03:20:11 AM

jeremy - I'm curious....what exactly is interesting to you about Nietzsche? 

The prospect of gaining valuable knowledge :smile:

I've been interested in the ideas of existentialism for some time now.

"If something worth living for is worth dying for, what about something not worth dying for?" ~ Camus


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 10, 2007, 04:57:47 AM
The prospect of gaining valuable knowledge :smile:


I understand.  I guess how "valuable" his writings would be is highly debatable, but interesting none the less.
 :coffee


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on August 10, 2007, 06:31:26 AM
Just finishing up "Skydog" :  the biography of Duane Allman.  How good would he have been now with another 35 years or so under his belt ?  Terriffic talent who burned out way too young.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on August 10, 2007, 08:50:39 AM
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
just started this book that shines new light on the people and cultures of the americas going back tens of thousands of years before columbus "discovered" it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 10, 2007, 11:13:45 AM
God is dead - Fred
Fred is dead - God.

I've always preferred Jack Nietzsche.   :humour:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 10, 2007, 01:23:32 PM
I understand.  I guess how "valuable" his writings would be is highly debatable, but interesting none the less.
 :coffee

What have you read of his?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 10, 2007, 09:03:19 PM
What have you read of his?
I got familiar with his writings through some philosophy lectures I went through and by studying the life of Adolf Hitler.  He was definitely Hitler's favorite author. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 11, 2007, 12:08:20 AM
I got familiar with his writings through some philosophy lectures I went through and by studying the life of Adolf Hitler.  He was definitely Hitler's favorite author. 

What's your point? That because Hitler liked him his ideas are wrong?

Hitler also liked waffles but that doesn't stop me from eating them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myCUwXEaDFI


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 11, 2007, 01:13:29 AM
What's your point? That because Hitler liked him his ideas are wrong?

Hitler also liked waffles but that doesn't stop me from eating them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myCUwXEaDFI
Hilter not only liked him, but based pretty much his entire philosophy of madness off of Nietzsche's writings.  I don't think that made his ideas wrong, I think they were wrong to begin with, but that's my opinion. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 11, 2007, 05:17:26 PM
Man and Superman. What's the problem?
" ... If life is a struggle, for existence in which the fitest survive, then strength is the ultimate virtue, and weakness the only fault. Good is that which survives, which wins; bad is that which gives way and fails." - Will Durant.
Mr. N. criticized other philosopher's who were brave enough to to reject Christian theology but did not dare to be logical, to reject the moral ideas, the worship of meekness and gentleness and altruism, which had grown out of that theology.   
Yeah waffles.

Again I believe he is refuted thus.
God is dead - Nietzche
Fred is dead. - God. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 12, 2007, 01:07:57 AM
Fred is dead. - God. 

God didn't say that.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: SteveO on August 12, 2007, 04:39:09 AM
Does reading the Manuel on a Palm Treo 680 count....


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 12, 2007, 02:02:30 PM
God didn't say that.


Like He had to.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bearsville0 on August 13, 2007, 04:04:06 AM
Hey Jeremy 3220, Ducktrapper, the creature,

keep going, I'm enjoying your exchanges. Keep it cool, no need to get defensive, after all Neitzsche and those who quote him remain deliberately provocative IMO. And I think the guy had something of value to say, regardless of whatever Hitler liked (and what say you we just dismiss Hitler completely of having anything of value to say). Poor Neitzsche and Wagner, getting lumped in with that nut.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 13, 2007, 01:14:17 PM
I'm not totally blaming Hitler on Nietzche but his ideas were paramount to the likes of Bismarck, German imperialists and unfortunately put to their ultimate test by Der Fuhrer. All it took was for Hitler to define who were the supermen and who were the weak untermensch. I guess we could also put blame on Darwin, as his ideas had a large affect on N.
Ideas can be dangerous things when actually put in practice. Admittedly, they become corrupted by the end user but millions of ordinary, decent people get caught in the middle. If ideas lead to evil, do they contain the seed of this evil? Can we lay (some) blame on Marx for the excesses of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot? I think we have to. Christopher Hitchens (see link) lays this blame on the doorstep of religion. I don't happen to agree with him. Especially on Christianity. However, hindsight is, of course 20-20 and in some cases, the results are in.   
Is radical Islam going through the same process or something entirely different?

http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB118247644823044329.html


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 13, 2007, 10:05:25 PM
The issues concerning philosophy all come down to worldview.  Issues like this can and often times are hard to discuss outside of the realm of religious belief – or lack thereof – since in most cases that belief system is the springboard and starting point of every other view of life.  Nietzsche and those like him are certainly no exception and they weren’t/aren’t shy about it.  But I’ll stay as shy as I can as not to violate the forum rules. 

The rub for me when it comes to the philosophy of folks like Nietzsche and the like is the utter hopelessness of it all.  I’m sure this is exact point where Nietzsche would put me smack in the middle of his “herd” illustration and be done with me, but I cannot get past the hopelessness of it all.  Think of it; if we came from nothing, and if we are nothing, and if nothing here matters, and if we are going nowhere, and if we end up nowhere, and if there was no point to any of this, than even the trouble that Nietzsche went to pointing all of it out was utterly useless. 

In my opinion, if he (and those like him) actually believed all of that, he wouldn’t have even bothered.  Or was he so arrogant that he simply wanted to spoil it for all the rest of us that have our heads buried in the sand?  What is the use in pointing out that everything is pointless, if indeed it is all pointless?  But I don’t think that he believed it at all, but rather was trying to convince himself of it and needed a cheering section.  Lots of times people make converts because they can’t stand being lonely.  And nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.  Then once the crowd is there you can form an army and go and try to defeat enemies.  And if it’s all pointless, a war of ideas is just as pointless.  Why not instead spend your meaningless time here in pursuit of hedonistic pleasure? 

Finally, imagine for a moment the world that we would have if everyone believed the “nothingness” philosophy of Nietzsche.  Family relationships become meaningless.  Helping those in need would be pointless.  Alieviating suffering would be pointless.  Civil liberties would mean nothing.  It would make absolutely no difference what seat on the bus you’re in if humanity is worthless.  Furthermore, there would be no argument sufficient enough to be convincing that anyone should have a “right” to sit where they want. What is a “right” when you mean nothing?  In the end it would simply be a case of the strongest surviving.  Embracing a system of belief like Nietzsche’s takes all value and dignity out of human life.  If he were honest, he’d even have to tell Hitler that his vision of the world was pointless, because in the end it’s all spoiled by death.  And he would have no answer for the problem of death that plagues us all and that has already claimed him.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 14, 2007, 02:25:51 AM


The rub for me when it comes to the philosophy of folks like Nietzsche and the like is the utter hopelessness of it all. 

Did Nietzsche says life was hopeless or did you get that from a biased source? I'll admit I haven't read much of his works yet but what I read about him doesn't point to him saying everything is pointless/hopeless.

"The value of nihilism for Nietzsche, then, was in its defeat. He wished to hasten its coming only so that he could also hasten its ultimate departure.[6]

Nietzsche's philosophy also shares with nihilism a rejection of any perfect source of absolute, universal and transcendent values.[7] Still, he did not consider all values of equal worth. Recognizing the chaos of nihilism, he advocated a philosophy that willfully transcends it. Furthermore, his positive attitude towards truth as a vehicle of faith and belief and his recognition of (human) nature distinguishes him from the extreme pessimism that nihilism is often associated with." ~ from wiki


On Nietzsche and racism:
"In 1886 Nietzsche broke with his editor, Ernst Schmeitzner, disgusted over his anti-Semitic opinions. Nietzsche saw his writings as "completely buried and unexhumeable in this anti-Semitic dump" ~ Wiki

"[...] You have committed one of the greatest stupidities—for yourself and for me! Your association with an anti-Semitic chief expresses a foreignness to my whole way of life which fills me again and again with ire or melancholy. [...] It is a matter of honor with me to be absolutely clean and unequivocal in relation to anti-Semitism, namely, opposed to it, as I am in my writings. I have recently been persecuted with letters and Anti-Semitic Correspondence Sheets. My disgust with this party (which would like the benefit of my name only too well!) is as pronounced as possible, but the relation to Förster, as well as the aftereffects of my former publisher, the anti-Semitic Schmeitzner, always brings the adherents of this disagreeable party back to the idea that I must belong to them after all. [...] It arouses mistrust against my character, as if publicly I condemned something which I have favored secretly—and that I am unable to do anything against it, that the name of Zarathustra is used in every Anti-Semitic Correspondence Sheet, has almost  made  me  sick several times. [....]" ~ Nietzsche 'Letter to Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche'


I'm not totally blaming Hitler on Nietzche but his ideas were paramount to the likes of Bismarck, German imperialists and unfortunately put to their ultimate test by Der Fuhrer. All it took was for Hitler to define who were the supermen and who were the weak untermensch.

Nietzsche did not believe the overman had existed yet or that he would come in the form of man as we know him. Hitler's ideas were not Nietzsche's ideas. Even then, because Hitler believed an idea is not proof itself that the idea is not true. Not that I like Hitler's doings, but an idea should be judged for its own validity rather than who believed it to be valid.

I think I'm done with this discussion because it doesn't sound like anyone here has actually studied Nietzsche's ideas via Nietzsche.





Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on August 14, 2007, 04:51:43 PM
creature,

great taste in guitars, humor, and a presuppositionalist to boot! 

While not within my convictions either, I would read Nietzsche for the general knowledge and to gain true conversation rights, but I would temper that venture into existentialism with healthy doses of Kierkegaard (religious and non) and Karl Barth (theology).

I am very wary of wiki.  I could have posted that for all you know.   :?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 14, 2007, 05:24:59 PM
Jeremy - I must admit it's been a long time since I could plow through stuff like that but I've read some Nietzche. I don't see him as a nihilist. Though like I said, Hitler isn't Nietzche's fault but his ideas went a long way towards the master race meme. Sure, Marx would be disgusted by how communism turned out and Nietzche was not an anti semite but that didn't stop those who came after from building on these ideas for their own purposes. If the fruit catches a disease, can you blame the seed? No but it did produce the tree, after all. All I can do is make bad analogies. Not trying to fight with you, I find this stuff fascinating, as well. It's interesting to see where philosophers got things right and where, through their own blind spots, they got it wrong. To err is human, after all.       


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 14, 2007, 10:41:25 PM
I am very wary of wiki.  I could have posted that for all you know.   :?
I'm with you an "geekapedia".  It's not the best place to get info, but it can be helpful at times.  I've seen things on there that I know for certain are wrong, but it's the parts that I don't know are wrong that scare me.   

BTW, you're the first person to ever "get" my humor on this board.  Or at least the first one to say so. 

 :coffee


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 14, 2007, 11:52:06 PM
On topic:

I just finished Camus' The Stranger a couple days ago.  That was easily the worst book I've ever read. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bucky1 on August 15, 2007, 01:00:13 AM
I just finished the Steve Goodman biography, Facing the Music. It was a long one at 700+ pages, but very interesting. It certainly puts his music into perspective.

Next project is Dava Sobel's the Planets. It's about the solar system. My wife gave me her book CD Galileo's Daughter for Christmas. It was written around the letters between Galileo and his daughter. the commmentary gave such a good picture about what his life was like as well as the way the world was that he lived in. We actuallyhad to get in the car and go for a drive at the times the story was really interesting.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 15, 2007, 02:22:07 AM
Wiki is okay for looking up stuff that you already know.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on August 17, 2007, 07:14:20 PM
Lots of interesting stuff happening in this thread. Nietzsche is certainly an interesting read as a philosopher (as do many other philosophers). In  my readings of him he certainly wasn't a racist and the Nazis did a lot of cherry picking (as did others) in using his philosophy for their purposes. Regarding his atheism, I think he was courageous in his time to expouse such a view (and others). And Atheistic views have nothing to do with a belief in nothing and everything to do with not attributing aspects of understanding the Universe to the supernatural. There are lot of books lately expousing atheism and I haven't nor intend to read them as far as I'm concerned believe whatever you want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else (keep it secular!). Wiki is a great source BUT be wary especially regarding politically related information. There was an a article in the Globe and Mail this week regarding such propaganda in wiki. Currently I'm reading Divisidero by Michael Ondaatje and Vienna Blood by Frank Tallis. My Daughter is reading Harry Potter and he ends up married with 3 children (she couldn't stand it and read ahead). And as far as Canadian Whiskey is concerned .. oops thats another thread.
But Cheers anyway,
Rob :cheers


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 19, 2007, 04:17:26 PM
And Atheistic views have nothing to do with a belief in nothing and everything to do with not attributing aspects of understanding the Universe to the supernatural.
  I respectfully disagree. It can be dressed up and sophistacted a bit, but it still all boils down to nothing.  Nada.  Zip. And creating any meaning from that starting point is, at best, like putting lipstick on a hog in order to make something ugly a litte bit more attractive.


On books: 

I've decided to read the entire Chronicles of Narnia again.  I've got them all in one book, which makes it very convenient to go through it all.    I think these books are really fun, and I realize they're supposed to be "children's literature", but good reading is good reading.  Period. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 21, 2007, 03:08:29 PM
I just finished 'The Sacred Romance' by Eldridge and Curtis. It seems like they mentioned C.S. Lewis every other page. They also mentioned Pilgrem's Progress alot too. Good stuff.
Btw, this and 'wild at heart' are not self help books. They say something along the lines of, the help doesn't come from you at all.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 22, 2007, 03:32:53 AM
I just finished 'The Sacred Romance' by Eldridge and Curtis. It seems like they mentioned C.S. Lewis every other page. They also mentioned Pilgrem's Progress alot too. Good stuff.
Btw, this and 'wild at heart' are not self help books. They say something along the lines of, the help doesn't come from you at all.


Interesting.  That doesn't strike me as the kind of book that you would read, based on your posts here.  At least not from the way that I've read them. 

Speaking of Pilgrim's Progress, have you read anything by Bunyan? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 22, 2007, 02:13:34 PM
Interesting.  That doesn't strike me as the kind of book that you would read, based on your posts here.  At least not from the way that I've read them. 

Speaking of Pilgrim's Progress, have you read anything by Bunyan? 

I'm my own thinker, just because I read Nietzsche (or whoever) doesn't mean I'm a follower.
We did discuss 'Wild At Heart' before and I don't know if I mentioned it but I've read a couple of the Narnia books and the Hobbitt. Haven't read Bunyan.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 23, 2007, 11:41:53 AM
I'm reading E.B. Sledge's "With The Old Breed" on Peleliu and Okinawa. A first hand account of a front line marine's experience of battle in the Pacific during WWII. Compelling, visceral stuff. Gripping narative that's neither pro or anti war but doesn't pull any punches about the waste of young men and disgust brought about by it. However, anyone who disagrees with using the atomic bomb against Japan should at least read this account of what these marines were up against. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jimmy buffett on August 26, 2007, 08:54:49 PM
Ship of Ghosts, by James D. Hornfischer.  An account of FDR's "personal cruiser", the USS Houston.  One of the few ships in the U.S. Navy to be caught behind the lines in the Far East  with little support after the bombing of Pearl Harbour.  Spending 2 months on the run, she was finally sunk by overwhelming Japenese forces, and the survivors ended up in brutal Japanese labour camps, with many working on construction of the legendary Burma-Thailand railway, made famous in the movie Bridge Over the River Kwai.

Great read for all you naval historians out there.  It's also a reminder of what people are capable of when confronted with inhumane hardships, and how easy most of us have had it in this life, thanks to those who saw a greater calling...

jimmy


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on August 27, 2007, 02:06:13 PM
Wiki is okay for looking up stuff that you already know.

Good point - I find wiki very useful for supporting a hunch or confirming a cloudy thought - but it cannot be used to learn something totally new to your mind or without further confirmation.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 04, 2007, 10:33:01 PM
I'm in and out of several CS Lewis books at the moment and I just started East of Eden by John Steinbeck.  Man, this is going to be a long book.....


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 06, 2007, 04:07:37 AM
I'm in and out of several CS Lewis books at the moment and I just started East of Eden by John Steinbeck.  Man, this is going to be a long book.....

I found that book laying around the house, I think I might read it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 06, 2007, 05:11:15 AM
I found that book laying around the house, I think I might read it.
I'm barely into East of Eden and am already completely sucked into the story.  From what I've read/heard, Steinbeck wove parts of his own life (names of relatives, etc.) into the story and real history, making it part myth and part reality.  This is the first book of his I've read, though I probably should have alraedy read the Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, but I'll get to them. 

I just finished up Spirits in Bondage by CS Lewis.  If you enjoy poetry, I highly recommend it.  It's not sappy "Chrsitian" poetry like one would expect either.  You could read it in an afternoon; it's very short.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 06, 2007, 03:31:14 PM
This is the first book of his I've read, though I probably should have alraedy read the Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, but I'll get to them. 

Me too, but I've seen the movies and heard the Woody Guthrie song 'Tom Joad' so that counts for something.  :wink:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on September 06, 2007, 04:07:39 PM
I recently spent about a week in the Salinas Valley in Calif. which is the setting for many of Steinbeck's books including a large part of East of Eden.  Even all these years later his ghost hangs in the air all around.  The migrant workers were harvesting lettuce, broccoli, strawberries and other crops all around and it was very eerie to be watching scenes that he must have watched while writing his stories.  His ability to shine a literary light on the human condition remains unmatched in my opinion.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: dynapro on September 06, 2007, 05:15:02 PM
Just finishing up "Skydog" :  the biography of Duane Allman.  How good would he have been now with another 35 years or so under his belt ?  Terriffic talent who burned out way too young.

I didn't know there was a biography of Duane Allman out. I missed that. I read Midnight Rider, the biography of Greg Allman last year. Whew. Only one in a thousand can lead that kind of life and live to talk about it. I'd be much more interested in Duane's story than Greg's. Greg is a second tier shodow of his Miindblowing brother.

I'm from Georgia, in the era of the Allman Brothers and believe it or not, I saw them perform many times back in the day. Duane, Greg, Barry Oakley. We talked to them after a show once, Duane gave my guitar player his steel slide.   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on September 06, 2007, 10:41:48 PM
I didn't know there was a biography of Duane Allman out. I missed that. I read Midnight Rider, the biography of Greg Allman last year. Whew. Only one in a thousand can lead that kind of life and live to talk about it. I'd be much more interested in Duane's story than Greg's. Greg is a second tier shodow of his Miindblowing brother.

I'm from Georgia, in the era of the Allman Brothers and believe it or not, I saw them perform many times back in the day. Duane, Greg, Barry Oakley. We talked to them after a show once, Duane gave my guitar player his steel slide.   


Just for your information:    Skydog (the Duane Allman Story) is authored by Randy Poe who is a very prolific writer of books, magazine articles, and over 100 album liner notes.  The forward was written by Billy Gibbons
Copyright 2006..........Published by Backbeat Books   600 Harrison St.  San Francisco, Ca.


I saw him play only once, in SF,  when they were the Allman Joys and they were touring the West Coast.  Had to have been late 60s.

Until I read his biography I had no idea he had played on so many other people's records as well as the ABB records.  he made a lot of music in his short life.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on September 09, 2007, 03:00:07 PM
I auditioned for this gig @ the hospital here to play in their huge lobby and in the surgery waiting rooms. It's a program called Gifts of Art. They want live acoustic instrumental music, which, co-incidentally is what I do. I mentioned to the woman I auditioned for that one of my motivations for wanting to do this was to kick this life-long stage fright; performance anxiety I deal with. She recommended that I read this book: "A Soprano on Her Head" by Eloise Ristad.
So, that's what I'm reading. pretty good suggestions on how to banish your demons and judges.
I passed the audition, BTW.  :winkin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on September 11, 2007, 06:17:31 PM
currently-
the room - hubert selby jr (eor's favorite author!)

recently finished-
being there - jerzy koskinski - mentioned a few pages back; had seen the movie before, too.  good little book, but they did a great job fleshing out and filling in for the movie.  sellers was super great.

the alchemist- paulo cohelo - well... i got it.  eor can say that much.  read the entire thing in one day.  fun little read.  cute, even.  i guess i can see why it was one of the most popular books of all time.  way too positve for someone like me, but i'll try and read it again soon.

love,
eor

future reading-

have a few garcia marquez books lying around eor hasn't gotten to, and wanted to pick up a copy of "a confederacy of dunces" to see what the fuss was about.  yay half.com!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 11, 2007, 10:38:30 PM
yay half.com!
Absolutely.  That's where I buy most of my books.  I try to use my local library as much as possible, but otherwise, it's half.com


Speaking of the library, I run into lots of folks who won't go there.  They seem to think it's low class or something.  One person in particular thinks it's *gross* to read a book that many people have touched and could have possibly read while on the toilet.  I guess I'd just never thought about it.  To me the library is about the coolest thing that our tax dollars go to and I never understand why more folks don't use them.  You can thank Ben Franklin for the library system, as well as many other cool inventions. 

 :thumb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 12, 2007, 04:54:11 AM
When I buy books I always try to get them used off Amazon. I always look for the oldest hardback edition I can find - they look better on the shelf.
In a 1941 edition of 'The Painted Veil' I found what appears to be a receipt from a dentist. It is written on a prescription slip and has the dentist's name, location and phone number (184). It reads "Received from Dorothy Douglas thirty eight dollars ($38.00) Feb. 12-1944 Paid in full Dr. CM. Brown "
She must have used it as a book mark. It's funny, we have the same last name.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 12, 2007, 04:59:42 AM
Amazon is also a great place to get cheap books. 

Cool story, jeremy. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on September 13, 2007, 03:00:25 AM
The library is not below me.  I still avoid it.  I heavily annotate the books I read, and libraries tend not to like that sort of thing.  I do also believe the author is worth my dollar, and since I discrimnate what I read, they ought to get paid for it instead of bumming it off tax dollars.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 13, 2007, 03:33:36 AM
I do also believe the author is worth my dollar, and since I discrimnate what I read, they ought to get paid for it instead of bumming it off tax dollars.
Interesting perspective on the library there.  But to me it seems like everyone wins with the library system.  1stly, the author gets paid for his book, 2nd the people get exposed to his work, which makes them more likely to purchase more of his work in the future, but most of all the community is made all the more rich, culturally, for the service the library provides (this is exactly what Franklin had in mind).  There's a wealth of knowledge and culture just sitting there for the taking if only people will utilize it.  It's sad for me to see the arcades and malls full of kids while the library is hardly full more times than not.  But there's always a few geeks like me in there taking advantage of it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on September 13, 2007, 03:56:31 AM
Interesting perspective on the library there.  But to me it seems like everyone wins with the library system.  1stly, the author gets paid for his book, 2nd the people get exposed to his work, which makes them more likely to purchase more of his work in the future, but most of all the community is made all the more rich, culturally, for the service the library provides (this is exactly what Franklin had in mind).  There's a wealth of knowledge and culture just sitting there for the taking if only people will utilize it.  It's sad for me to see the arcades and malls full of kids while the library is hardly full more times than not.  But there's always a few geeks like me in there taking advantage of it.

that is a great idea in theory - but simply impossible in (post) modern American society.  We have the irony of the most college degrees per capita in our history while being appallingly igorant to true education in the humanities.  Franklin's idea works where there is a) true educatio (eg, greece or the enlightenment) and b) a shortage of books.

And regarding the author's dollar idea, my single purchase increased the sale from the library 100%.  And I think the contrary is true:  those who read the book from the library's loan and even LESS apt to buy it; since they read it already.  Ideas are disposable to most people. 

I do appreciate your appreciation, though - you enjoy the tax investment the way it is intended.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 14, 2007, 03:23:16 AM
that is a great idea in theory - but simply impossible in (post) modern American society.  We have the irony of the most college degrees per capita in our history while being appallingly igorant to true education in the humanities.  Franklin's idea works where there is a) true educatio (eg, greece or the enlightenment) and b) a shortage of books.

And regarding the author's dollar idea, my single purchase increased the sale from the library 100%.  And I think the contrary is true:  those who read the book from the library's loan and even LESS apt to buy it; since they read it already.  Ideas are disposable to most people. 

I do appreciate your appreciation, though - you enjoy the tax investment the way it is intended.
Very well put, and you may be right.  Perhaps I'm a bit idealistic and nostalgic, but I do enjoy the library.  It may seem kind of goofy, but it's kind of humbling for me to walk in there and be surrounding by so much art and culture from the ages.  There are so many wonderful things waiting to be experienced within those pages, but so few people will actually experience them.  Sometimes when I'm reading a book and really get into the characters, and really get moved by the story, I get this sense that that must have been exactly what the author hoped for when the story was written.  There is a connection there that you simply will not get from pop culture and the movies. 







Regarding books:

I just started Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 14, 2007, 03:34:52 AM

I just started Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. 

Did you finish East of Eden already?
I'm about half way through.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 14, 2007, 04:37:31 AM
Did you finish East of Eden already?
I'm about half way through.
No, I'm still working on it.  I'd say I'm about where you are....about half way.  It's a great story and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.  The characters are fascinating. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: el guitana on September 14, 2007, 10:52:28 AM
I've been on a Cormac McCarthy binge. Just finished the Border Trilogy.
Tales of the old and not so old west, each with strange twists.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on September 14, 2007, 03:51:35 PM
Currenty reading "Whistling Season"  by Ivan Doing

Recently finished  "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air)
and "A Death in Belmont" by Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm)

I've been reading a lot more lately for some reason;  going through about a book-a-week;.  This is getting to be expensive.  Gotta start getting back into the library.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on September 15, 2007, 11:59:38 PM
I just finished reading this entire wonderful thread!

There are some clever, trenchant, talented, humorous, erudite, generous, thoughtful folks contributing here!

I am on a Shakepeare kick at the moment.  I like working with text, critical materials and a film version as one project.  Just finished Troilus and Cressida and purchased the fabulous BBC version of the play from Ambrose.

Like others here I enjoyed the Mcarty trilogy, which are among the few recent novels I've read. 

For those interested in spiritual inspiration, how about a golden oldie: Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis

Jerry Coker wrote a great instruction book on Jazz improvisation. 

bookfinder.com is another online source for out of print bargains

Next up: Theory and Harmony for the Contemporary Musician by Arnie Berle

Thanks for many great suggestions!

Piscator


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jwb on September 16, 2007, 12:47:24 AM
Working on "The Adventures of Augie March"  by Saul Bellow...A modern american classic. 

Fionn Regan mentions the book in a song on his new album "The End of History" - great album if you have an ear for Nick Drake.

Justin


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 16, 2007, 07:45:50 PM


For those interested in spiritual inspiration, how about a golden oldie: Imitation of Christ


Piscator
I keep an e-book copy of the Imitiation of Christ on my computer and read from it a bit each day.  I use it as sort of a "devotional" book, though I don't really like that term, but I'll use it for lack of a better one.  A person cannot grasp the Imitation by trying to read it like a regular book --- I've tried.  In my experience, it's better to eat it a bite at time, slowly, to really grasp what's being said.  I really enjoy reading from it and haven't found many books with such depth, at least to my soul.  Modern Christian books just do not have the insight that the old ones did, in my opinion.  I hardly even read contemporary Christian writers anymore.  The last one I tried was "Driven by Eternity" by a guy named Bavere (sp?).  It read like all the other fluffy best-sellers out there and didn't offer much as far as depth or content to meditate on. I think I was born in the wrong century. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on September 17, 2007, 12:24:57 PM
Hi all,

     Just finished "Hannibal Rising" by Thomas Harris.  A pretty good book if you like this type.  Next up is another Ann Rule book called "Without Pity".  I've read a ton of her stuff and they've all been good.  They're all true  cases from crime files.

Old Folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on September 17, 2007, 07:25:27 PM
Creature,

Good for you!  I think Kempis may have intended "Imitation" to be more devotional in tone than analogic.  As you do, I find that "Imitation" is a book to be absorbed more than read.

I discovered a copy of "Imitation" in the discount bin at a book barn.  A stitched, embossed, full leather bound, presentation edition that I got for $9.00 because the dealer figured 'who would want to read something like that?

If you want to explore in a spiritual vein I might respectfully suggest:

Any of Dostoevesky's novels, but especially "Idiot" and "Karamazov"

"Orthodox Spirituality" published 1978 by St Vladimirs Seminary Press

"The Icon" by Michel Quenot, Mowbray, 1992, a short but beautiful book about much more than art history

"Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism" Gershom Sholem, a classic

"This is My God" by novelist Herman Wouk (Judiasm) and "The Quest for God" by historian Paul Johnson (Catholic) make interesting companion works, (easy reads)

"Meditations: A Spiritual Journey Through the Parables" by Archbishop Anthony Bloom, Dimension Books, 1971, is concise and inspirational

Elie Wiesel's works can be dark, but "Messengers of God: Biblical Portraits and Legends" is "upbeat exegesis" on the 'major players'

Carl Jung's non-psychological essay on 'The Book of Job' is brilliant, although not absolutely faithful to the text.

Lastly, Penobscot books in Searsport, Maine is owned by a retired Episcopal priest.  His shop holds one of the largest collections of books on fine art and religion that I have ever seen.  A wonderful man whose name escapes me at the moment.  I have often called and asked for recomendations in an area of religious interest and never been disapointed.  www.penobscotbooks.com

That ought to keep you busy for a week or so :-) 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 17, 2007, 10:32:02 PM
Creature,

Good for you!  I think Kempis may have intended "Imitation" to be more devotional in tone than analogic.  As you do, I find that "Imitation" is a book to be absorbed more than read.

I discovered a copy of "Imitation" in the discount bin at a book barn.  A stitched, embossed, full leather bound, presentation edition that I got for $9.00 because the dealer figured 'who would want to read something like that?

If you want to explore in a spiritual vein I might respectfully suggest:

Any of Dostoevesky's novels, but especially "Idiot" and "Karamazov"

"Orthodox Spirituality" published 1978 by St Vladimirs Seminary Press

"The Icon" by Michel Quenot, Mowbray, 1992, a short but beautiful book about much more than art history

"Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism" Gershom Sholem, a classic

"This is My God" by novelist Herman Wouk (Judiasm) and "The Quest for God" by historian Paul Johnson (Catholic) make interesting companion works, (easy reads)

"Meditations: A Spiritual Journey Through the Parables" by Archbishop Anthony Bloom, Dimension Books, 1971, is concise and inspirational

Elie Wiesel's works can be dark, but "Messengers of God: Biblical Portraits and Legends" is "upbeat exegesis" on the 'major players'

Carl Jung's non-psychological essay on 'The Book of Job' is brilliant, although not absolutely faithful to the text.

Lastly, Penobscot books in Searsport, Maine is owned by a retired Episcopal priest.  His shop holds one of the largest collections of books on fine art and religion that I have ever seen.  A wonderful man whose name escapes me at the moment.  I have often called and asked for recomendations in an area of religious interest and never been disapointed.  www.penobscotbooks.com

That ought to keep you busy for a week or so :-) 

Wow, thank you for all the suggestions.  I may look into a few of those.  I've got so many on my "list" right now that it'll be hard for me to ever get to them all before it's all said and done.  I find that one good book leads to another, and one good author leads to another as well. My list changes a lot due to that.  I've got some great ideas from this thread as well.  IMO, this is probably the most interesting thread in the forum's history. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on September 18, 2007, 04:04:35 AM
Creature,

You're very welcome!

For me as well, one book, one author, or one theme leads me on and on.  Hope this isn't overly poetic, but sometimes the books seem like paths along a main trail, offering alternate routes, scenic diversions, or just points of interest.  A hint, a suggestion, or a fresh scent, may suddenly lead you in a captivating new direction. 

Recently I've taken to asking my more literate friends to lend me their favorite books.  It's opened up some fascinating paths.  I asked one friend who is a doctor and originally from Cuba, for her best book about anything Cuban.  She lent me some fascinating biographies of 'regular folk' who emigrated to the states.  It's given me a view of the Cuban experience that is probably quite different than if I had selected the books myself.

Lastly, a plug...  If you haven't already, read Dostoevesky!  READ Dostoevsky!  Somehow I overlooked him in earlier years and kick myself for it.  His novels are engaging, exciting , mysterious, spiritual, passionate -- magnificent.  Next to Shakespeare, he's at the top of my 'hit parade' ;-) 

Best wishes for your quest! 

Piscator


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 18, 2007, 02:39:36 PM

Lastly, a plug...  If you haven't already, read Dostoevesky!  READ Dostoevsky!  Somehow I overlooked him in earlier years and kick myself for it.  His novels are engaging, exciting , mysterious, spiritual, passionate -- magnificent.  Next to Shakespeare, he's at the top of my 'hit parade' ;-) 



I think he may be next on my list. I almost bought 'Crime and Punishment' before I started on the books I'm reading now


Working on "The Adventures of Augie March"  by Saul Bellow...A modern american classic. 

Fionn Regan mentions the book in a song on his new album "The End of History" - great album if you have an ear for Nick Drake.

Justin

I checked Fionn Regan out after your post. He is very talented and to me doesn't sound like he is trying conform to a lot of that emo/indie stuff coming out these days. He may be my favorite new artist.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 22, 2007, 05:46:38 PM
Just finished East of Eden.  I really got into and enjoyed that story.  A really amazing use of characters and a completely raw view of humanity at its best and worst.  It's one of the best books I've ever read and I'll be checking out more from Steinbeck. 

I just got "An Actor's Tale" by Sean Astin that I'll start in the next day or two.  I'm sure it'll be a fun read.

I'm about done with Robinson Crusoe and when that's done I'm going to go through the Lord of the Rings trilogy again. Slowly.  I find that having 2 or 3 books going at a time works pretty well for me. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 23, 2007, 04:13:38 AM
Just finished East of Eden.  I really got into and enjoyed that story.  A really amazing use of characters and a completely raw view of humanity at its best and worst.  It's one of the best books I've ever read and I'll be checking out more from Steinbeck. 


I finished it a couple nights ago. One of the best books I've read, too.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on September 24, 2007, 09:12:51 AM
The Fatal Voyage: Captain Cook's Last Great Journey.  a good read of cook's 3rd and last venture which was to seek out the northwest pacific passage to the atlantic which he discovered didn't exist but he did discover the hawaiian islands accidentally where he met his tragic demise.

To End All Wars.  Ernest Gordon's account of his experience as a POW of the Japaneses during WWII which included working on the bridge on the river kwai. despite disgusting and horrific treatment he found the will to love his captors.  the movie of the same name loosely follows the book.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on September 24, 2007, 03:15:48 PM
"Heart of the Country" by Greg Matthews


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on September 25, 2007, 05:13:58 AM
Just finished East of Eden.  I really got into and enjoyed that story.  A really amazing use of characters and a completely raw view of humanity at its best and worst.  It's one of the best books I've ever read and I'll be checking out more from Steinbeck. 

I


creature
All this talk about Steinbeck in recent posts got me to thinking.  I remembered buying a box of used books at a book sale a few years ago to raise money for our local public library to get some new stuff on the shelves.  I read "East of Eden"  right away but kinda forgot about the rest until this thread came along.
Went back to the bookshelf where I'd stored the books and found a my other Steinbeck. "Tortilla Flat"  is also set in the same general area (Monterey this time) and appears to be a first edition from 1935.  It's pages are getting yellowed and it's spine has seen better days but I'm really enjoying getting to know this strange set of characters he created.  His prose just seems to flow so effortlessly.
I think I'll go ahead and just read all the rest when I'm through with this one.  "Of Mice and Men" probaby is worth a re-read anyhow.
Did you think you'd get over 200 posts when you started this thing ?  This will probably go on forever unless everyone stops reading.

tuffythepug


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 25, 2007, 07:47:25 AM

creature
All this talk about Steinbeck in recent posts got me to thinking.  I remembered buying a box of used books at a book sale a few years ago to raise money for our local public library to get some new stuff on the shelves.  I read "East of Eden"  right away but kinda forgot about the rest until this thread came along.
Went back to the bookshelf where I'd stored the books and found a my other Steinbeck. "Tortilla Flat"  is also set in the same general area (Monterey this time) and appears to be a first edition from 1935.  It's pages are getting yellowed and it's spine has seen better days but I'm really enjoying getting to know this strange set of characters he created.  His prose just seems to flow so effortlessly.
I think I'll go ahead and just read all the rest when I'm through with this one.  "Of Mice and Men" probaby is worth a re-read anyhow.
Did you think you'd get over 200 posts when you started this thing ?  This will probably go on forever unless everyone stops reading.

tuffythepug
tuff ---  That's a cool story about the Steinbeck books.  Honestly, reading East of Eden really impacted me.  I've thought about it many times since finishing it and can't seem to get the characters out of my head.  I'm sure that's what Steinbeck (or any author) would have wanted, but the book just really did a job on me for some reason....hard to explain, but I'm sure you understand.  I'm having a hard time switching gears to Tolkien, but I'm dug in pretty deep to The Fellowship of the Ring again at this point. 

This has turned out to be a really good thread and I hope we can keep it going. 

 :cheers



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on September 29, 2007, 02:00:30 AM
Well if you're all in a Steinbeck mood it seems to me that "Travels with Charlie" might be appealing for this pipe smoking, geetar loving, crowd. 

If you don't know the book, it's Steinbeck's contribution to the 'across America' genre that is so often repeated.  Steinbeck packs up his dog, shotgun and fishin' rod and heads out across the backroads.  Steinbeck's insights are marvelous and the retrospective view of America is fascinating.  It's comparably light reading and might surprise some who are only familiar with Steinbecks' 'great works'.

Piscator


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 05, 2007, 02:43:45 AM
I just got finished reading All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Ken Myers. It was an older book (1989) about culture and how things have taken shape. Pretty interesting stuff, but I'm just not really in much of a philosophical mood of late. I'm finding myself way more into good fiction these days.

I'm about to wrap up The Fellowship of the Ring and for kicks I started the entire Narnia series this week as well.  I've got all the Narnia books in one volume which makes it really fun to breeze through them.  These books are like brain candy to me. Just really fun stuff.

I think after I'm done with this Tolkien/Lewis phase I'll dive pretty hard into more Steinbeck. 

 :coffee


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on October 08, 2007, 09:15:29 PM
ok, finished the room, by hubert selby jr.  there really aren't any words to describe that one.  i can only say that:

a. he's even more my most favoritest author
b. don't ever read that book

just ordered "a confederacy of dunces", because eor's heard a lot of talk about it.  can't wait to see what the fuss is about.  go half.com!

love,
eor


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 08, 2007, 10:31:10 PM
ok, finished the room, by hubert selby jr.  there really aren't any words to describe that one.  i can only say that:

a. he's even more my most favoritest author
b. don't ever read that book


I don't get it?  Why don't you recommend it? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on October 10, 2007, 05:53:38 AM
because it is, quite literally, one of the darkest and most insane books ever written.  it took 12 years before the author could go back and read it again-- its that bad.  his work, as a whole, is very... viceral, but this is a million times worse.  at best, it is something you could only go through once, assuming you get that far.

as a point of reference, selby also wrote last exit to brooklyn and requiem for a dream, both of which were made into movies.  never seen the former, but it is reportedly much different than the book, for reasons you'd understand if you read it.  the latter however, is incredible.

love,
eor


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on October 10, 2007, 04:27:53 PM
Hmmm, I don't think I will read this book.
Some of your verbage could be used to describe some events of my teenage years like the "Prom Date That Would Never End." I could only go through that once.
Seriously, I haven't heard any "spoilers" on The Room. It must be a rough ride.
--Fred


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 10, 2007, 04:45:10 PM
ok, finished the room, by hubert selby jr.  there really aren't any words to describe that one.  i can only say that:

a. he's even more my most favoritest author
b. don't ever read that book

just ordered "a confederacy of dunces", because eor's heard a lot of talk about it.  can't wait to see what the fuss is about.  go half.com!

love,
eor
Ok, I understand a bit better now and I think I'll skip it, per your recommendation.  I guess I'm a bit simplistic, but I really like happy stories, or at least stories with some redemptive value.  Not all the books I read are necessarily happy or light, but I do enjoy being able to pull something pleasant out of them.  I don't deal well with hopelessness on any level. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on October 10, 2007, 05:57:15 PM
Oh Steinbeck! The Russians! Great stuff. Fortunately, for me, I read all that stuff years ago and now just read for fun. ;)
Recently I've got into Harry Turtledove's alternative realities. Light but fun reading indeed. The WWII with aliens series is a hoot!   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 23, 2007, 10:59:37 PM
I'm still on a Steinbeck kick and just finished The Red Pony and Of Mice and Men and am about to finish up The Pearl. Waiting in the wings are Cannery Row and Tortilla flat. 

While in the library this week I noticed that Thomas Steinbeck (son of John) is also an author. Anyone read any of his work?  Worth checking out?  Talk about a helluva shadow to stand in.... 

I'm also about the start the Return of the King in the next day or two.  It's been great fun to go through the LOTR trilogy again. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on October 23, 2007, 11:10:08 PM
I'm reading Beowulf again; I needed something short to read while I wait on 'Crime and Punishment' and 'Augie March' that I ordered. The movie thats coming out (Beowulf) doesn't look too good; it sucks that movies with a lot of action usually are shallow formula films for the simple man. Btw, Beowulf and Nietzsche are really boring compared to 'East of Eden' that I recently read.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 24, 2007, 12:04:18 AM
I'm reading Beowulf again; I needed something short to read while I wait on 'Crime and Punishment' and 'Augie March' that I ordered. The movie thats coming out (Beowulf) doesn't look too good; it sucks that movies with a lot of action usually are shallow formula films for the simple man. Btw, Beowulf and Nietzsche are really boring compared to 'East of Eden' that I recently read.
I read Beowulf earlier this year and really liked the story.  I sighed when I saw that there was a Beowulf movie coming out; when I saw flavor-of-the-week Jolie on the ad I sighed even deeper.  It'll likely just be an hour and a half of watching her cans bounce around while a great story is ripped to shreds by Hollywood.  Movies are getting pretty lame. 

East of Eden was incredible.  I even wrote a song about it recently. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on October 24, 2007, 01:12:07 AM
Creature and Jeremy,  Beowolf is certainly one of the greatest stories of all time and a more subtle tale than many readers give it credit for.  After all that transpires, why does Beowolf engage in the lesser second quest?  Does hubris enter in?  Is it a plot convenience to bring the story to conclusion.  Does the likelihood of several authors effect the validity of any interpretation?  Fun stuff, at least to me, but maybe I'm just easy to please.  :laughin:

Ducktrapper, going back to these great books later in life may be the best way to read them.  Simple arithmetic (uh, age) provides more experience to bring to the party.  There has to be some compensation for this damnable passage of time!  :winkin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on October 26, 2007, 12:44:31 AM
Anyone have suggestions for books on American music, blues, jazz, or pop?  Or favorite music biographies?

The one I'm reading now is excellent "The History of the Blues -- The Roots. The Music. The People. From Charley Patton to Robert Cray"  by Francis Davis  Hyperion Publishing  1995

I need more!

Tx, piscator


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on October 26, 2007, 04:57:02 AM
almost done with sideways, which was turned into a (great) movie a couple years back.  it's about two (wildly different) best friends spending a week in california's wine country before one gets married.  the book is great- it reads itself, practically.  very "literate" (read: big words), though, like nabakov.  plowed through it in less than a week and am almost done.

for those of you that have only seen the movie, the book is way different.  it's almost like a pre/sequel to the film as there are so many things that go cut out or altered for the movie.  i love the movie alot though, don't get eor wrong.  when i'm done, i'll pass final judgement as to which is better.  book vs movie is a hobby of eor's.  :bgrin:

love,
eor

ps- the movie is on sale at target for $5 if anyone is interested.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on October 27, 2007, 07:53:55 AM
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.  Marcus is the lone survivor of his navy SEAL teams disastrous operation red wing mission in Afghanistan.  his account led to the post humus medal of honor award to his friend and team mate Michael Murphy recently.

The Colony: the Harrowing True story of the Exiles of Molokai by John Tyman.  traces the history of the leprosy colony on molokai and all the cruelty society dished out to those stricken by leprosy and the cruelty among the victims themselves but also the incredible sacrifice and kindness of some, in particular of Father Damien.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: SteveO on October 28, 2007, 02:15:11 AM
Chasin' That Devil Music (Searching for the Blues) by, Gayle Dean Wardlow

This seems to be a pretty interesting read for sure, if you like learning about the who's who in the Delta Roots
comes with a CD of some real old and rare Blues songs.
it's only $19.95
ISBN # 0-87930-522-5


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on October 28, 2007, 04:15:16 AM
SteveO, Thanks!  I'll check it out.  Exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 02, 2007, 05:00:37 AM
Clapton just came out with an autobiography that's just hit the shelves and is causing quite a bit of buzz.  You may want to check it out as well.  There's bound to be some good stories in there.  I think I might read it after the buzz settles and I can score it for cheap on half.com or something or pick it up at my local library.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on November 04, 2007, 05:41:13 AM
Thanks Creature!  My library gets a good selection of new books.  I'll keep an eye out the next time I'm there.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on November 04, 2007, 02:01:18 PM

Ducktrapper, going back to these great books later in life may be the best way to read them.  Simple arithmetic (uh, age) provides more experience to bring to the party.  There has to be some compensation for this damnable passage of time!  :winkin:


I couldn't imagine wading through the likes of Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysees, War and Peace, Moby Dick et al again. I pick up Finnegan's Wake and read a page or two out loud at random. I think it's the only way to read the thing. Like Jeremy mentioned though, East of Eden is just more fun than Nietsche. Anyone tried Proust?
The Turtledove books, while flawed are a great read. I love the lizards! One of the great science fiction creations of all time. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 04, 2007, 09:46:20 PM
I couldn't imagine wading through the likes of Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysees, War and Peace, Moby Dick et al again.
Why not? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on November 05, 2007, 12:14:42 PM
Why not? 

I know how they turn out? ;)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on November 05, 2007, 09:20:45 PM
Ducktrapper, that's funny!   :bgrin:

To each his own, read whatever turns you on! 

I only meant to suggest that age has changed my perspective on many books. 

Heck, "War and Peace" is a page-turner.  :winkin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: JV on November 05, 2007, 10:01:22 PM
I have recently gotten on a kick of reading Charles de Lint. Most of his novels are considered modern urban fantasy, they deal with blending mythology from the British Isles and North America. His works also feature a backdrop of traditional music. I've been through Moonheart, Onion Girl, and Widdershins.  A few years back, I got on a similar kick reading Robertson Davies. Between my taste in literature and guitars, I feel like a misplaced Canadian. I also find myself drinking Sleeman's Cream Ale and watching Corner Gas. Can duck trapping be far behind?

John


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Northwesterly on November 12, 2007, 10:55:51 PM
Just finished the latest Ian Rankin mystery - Inspector Rebus solved another one!

Cheers,
NW

 :cheers


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 13, 2007, 04:03:09 AM
I'm working my way through most of Steinbeck's works.  I just started the Grapes of Wrath and have been going through his smaller works as well, such as the Pearl, Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, etc.  Really good stuff.  I'm late to ther party when it comes to this stuff, but better late than never. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on November 13, 2007, 07:27:33 PM
Anyone have suggestions for books on American music, blues, jazz, or pop?  Or favorite music biographies?

The one I'm reading now is excellent "The History of the Blues -- The Roots. The Music. The People. From Charley Patton to Robert Cray"  by Francis Davis  Hyperion Publishing  1995

I need more!

Tx, piscator
If you haven't done this yet, pick up "Cash" the book Johnny Cash did with a non-ghost writer. I really liked that and it left an impression on me that will never leave.  :guitar

I really liked David Crosby's second biography. In fact, I liked it so well that I decided to find his first one which is out of print. I liked Neil Young's biography as well, but it is a tougher read at the start.
I've pondered the books out by the drummer from RUSH, but I need to know if anyone has read them or not.
Also, has anyone seen these 33 1/3 books that Amazon sells? A buddy of mine loaned me one on R.E.M. and the making of the album Murmur. The books all deal with a specific album and the behind the scenes story. So far, that is pretty good.
I've also heard that the Bill Monroe biography is worth the read.

As far as non-music related books, I am reading Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jankymutt on November 16, 2007, 03:01:57 PM
Just picked up Guns, Germs & Steel and Eiger Dreams.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on November 16, 2007, 04:38:56 PM
I have recently gotten on a kick of reading Charles de Lint. Most of his novels are considered modern urban fantasy, they deal with blending mythology from the British Isles and North America. His works also feature a backdrop of traditional music. I've been through Moonheart, Onion Girl, and Widdershins.  A few years back, I got on a similar kick reading Robertson Davies. Between my taste in literature and guitars, I feel like a misplaced Canadian. I also find myself drinking Sleeman's Cream Ale and watching Corner Gas. Can duck trapping be far behind?

John

That's how it starts!  We're all 5th Business now. :laughin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on November 20, 2007, 06:24:16 AM
finished a confederacy of dunces.  i get it.  maybe you should read it, too.  very left-field.  ahead of its time, and a lot of fun.  hard to put down.

have selby's the demon waiting in the can, and just ordered the following from half.com:

one flew over the cukoo's nest - ken kesey
slaughterhouse five- kurt vonnegut
the stranger- albert camus


as you can see, eor's "reading what i should have read a long damn time ago" crusade continues.  love the movie version of "cukoo's", which i recently rewatched, so i thought i'd play another round of "book vs. movie".  new thread idea?

like hunter s. thompson, i found vonnegut through various essays, interviews,  articles and whatnot; never read any of his books.  his death rekindled eor's interest.  this is the third time i'm ordering this book, the first never made it, the second order was cancelled, and there were a few times where the browser crashed and i lost the book.

know next to nothing about the stranger, but it's one of "those" books, and i like the cure, so i decided to give it a shot.

love,
eor

the other day i spend about 3-4 hours pawing through a borders, made some notes and bought them off of half.  but my bro needed a book from there and i bought it for him, so i don't feel bad.  don't think i would have, anyway.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on November 20, 2007, 03:55:16 PM
Anyone have suggestions for books on American music, blues, jazz, or pop?  Or favorite music biographies?

I need more!

Tx, piscator

You might want to try "Skydog"...the Duane Allman biography.  It's very good.

Also "Boogieman"  the biography of John Lee Hooker.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on November 20, 2007, 04:02:20 PM
Hey, this is all good stuff. You all are giving me some great ideas.
John, is it hard to get into Charles de Lint's works? It sounds like some pretty complex, but interesting reading.
Eor, you hit the nail on the head! I should have been reading some of these books years ago. I had a great English teacher in high school and we were supposed to read Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and he changed his mind at the last minute. The guy was great and he was an ex-Marine, so he had us write a paper about Stairway to Heaven. It was great, but I missed out on a great book.
Hey, what is "half.com" that you make reference to?




Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Parlor Picker on November 20, 2007, 04:11:38 PM
Probably the most well-informed, objective and intelligently written books on music I have read:

"Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-War Pop" by Charles Shaar Murray.

Hendrix is the central theme but other subjects are covered, including Robert Johnson and Charlie Christian.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: doctor_gogol on November 20, 2007, 06:49:58 PM
Arthur C Clarke-Rendezvous with Rama


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on November 20, 2007, 09:02:56 PM
half.com is an ebay off-shoot, so you can use your ebay profile info there, too.  its like amazon, no auctions.  you put stuff up or, you buy stuff.  oftentimes, very inexpensively.  i get most of my books/cds/dvds from half.com or amazon.com, all used, and all cheap.  shipping cuts into your discount, but it is usually still worth it.  they sell all kinds of stuff, too.  used to get my school books there supercheap.

love,
eor

i read mostly shakespeare in school.  a solid 5-6 different plays over the years.  none since.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 20, 2007, 11:31:32 PM
half.com is an ebay off-shoot, so you can use your ebay profile info there, too.  its like amazon, no auctions.  you put stuff up or, you buy stuff.  oftentimes, very inexpensively.  i get most of my books/cds/dvds from half.com or amazon.com, all used, and all cheap.  shipping cuts into your discount, but it is usually still worth it.  they sell all kinds of stuff, too.  used to get my school books there supercheap.


I used half.com a lot myself.  If I buy a book, that's normally where I get it.  But I get most of my music and books at my local library.  We have a large network of libraries that stock tons of great music and most of the books I'm interested in.  Like you, I'm a bit late to the party on some of the stuff considered "classic".  I seem to be stuck on Steinbeck for now. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on November 21, 2007, 01:41:28 PM
this is on my amazon wish list...
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
by Oliver Sacks
From Publishers Weekly
Sacks is an unparalleled chronicler of modern medicine, and fans of his work will find much to enjoy when he turns his prodigious talent for observation to music and its relationship to the brain. The subtitle aptly frames the book as a series of medical case studies-some in-depth, some abruptly short. The tales themselves range from the relatively mundane (a song that gets stuck on a continuing loop in one's mind) through the uncommon (Tourette's or Parkinson's patients whose symptoms are calmed by particular kinds of music) to the outright startling (a man struck by lightning subsequently developed a newfound passion and talent for the concert piano). In this latest collection, Sacks introduces new and fascinating characters, while also touching on the role of music in some of his classic cases (the man who mistook his wife for a hat makes a brief appearance). Though at times the narrative meanders, drawing connections through juxtaposition while leaving broader theories to be inferred by the reader, the result is greater than the sum of its parts. This book leaves one a little more attuned to the remarkable complexity of human beings, and a bit more conscious of the role of music in our lives. (Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on November 26, 2007, 08:03:18 PM
Just finished "Same Kind of Different as Me (http://www.amazon.com/Same-Kind-Different-As-Me/dp/0849900417/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196106550&sr=8-1)" last night - took a total of about 6 nights to read.

It's a true account of how an international art dealer and a sharecropper (read: slave) become a sort of Odd Couple in friendship.  One of those books that even a novelist can't think up because it can only happen through providence.

I read "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller earlier in the year as it was recommended to me by so many influences.  One chapter was memorable, the others seemed self-centered and downright pathetic.  I kept wanting to call the author and just tell him to 'Grow Up!!!'.  The chapter about Christians in confession to the crimes they have foisted on society and the world through the ages was pretty challenging to me, however.

Books in the same vein as Miller's, but with more meat on their bones, are "A New Kind of Christian", and "The Story We Find Ourselves In" by Brian McLaren.  A re-thinking of what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century.  Don't agree with all of the points, but less rambling in style than Miller.

A New Kind of Christian (http://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christian-Friends-Spiritual/dp/078795599X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196106948&sr=1-1)
The Story We Find Ourselves In (http://www.amazon.com/Story-Find-Ourselves-Adventures-Christian/dp/0787963879/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196106989&sr=1-7)

In the last year another book that rocked my world was "The World is Flat (http://www.amazon.com/World-Flat-Updated-Expanded-Twenty-first/dp/0374292795/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196107128&sr=1-2)" by Thomas Friedman of the NYT.  Mostly right-on the money except for the last chapter or two.  If you are in business in the western world, and you haven't yet read this book, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  At most libraries by now.

Also a couple other fascinating books about societal trends and such are Blink! (http://www.amazon.com/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without/dp/0316010669/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196107238&sr=1-1) and The Tipping Point (http://www.amazon.com/Tipping-Point-Little-Things-Difference/dp/0316346624/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196107290&sr=1-1)  by Malcom Gladwell.

Perhaps I should start a new thread on Podcasts, because I've been digging the Rob Bell podcasts at his church's website.  Very challenging stuff.  His Velvet Elvis book was mentioned on page 1.

-Scott





Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 26, 2007, 11:35:35 PM
Just finished "Same Kind of Different as Me (http://www.amazon.com/Same-Kind-Different-As-Me/dp/0849900417/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196106550&sr=8-1)" last night - took a total of about 6 nights to read.

It's a true account of how an international art dealer and a sharecropper (read: slave) become a sort of Odd Couple in friendship.  One of those books that even a novelist can't think up because it can only happen through providence.

I read "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller earlier in the year as it was recommended to me by so many influences.  One chapter was memorable, the others seemed self-centered and downright pathetic.  I kept wanting to call the author and just tell him to 'Grow Up!!!'.  The chapter about Christians in confession to the crimes they have foisted on society and the world through the ages was pretty challenging to me, however.

Books in the same vein as Miller's, but with more meat on their bones, are "A New Kind of Christian", and "The Story We Find Ourselves In" by Brian McLaren.  A re-thinking of what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century.  Don't agree with all of the points, but less rambling in style than Miller.

A New Kind of Christian (http://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christian-Friends-Spiritual/dp/078795599X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196106948&sr=1-1)
The Story We Find Ourselves In (http://www.amazon.com/Story-Find-Ourselves-Adventures-Christian/dp/0787963879/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196106989&sr=1-7)

In the last year another book that rocked my world was "The World is Flat (http://www.amazon.com/World-Flat-Updated-Expanded-Twenty-first/dp/0374292795/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196107128&sr=1-2)" by Thomas Friedman of the NYT.  Mostly right-on the money except for the last chapter or two.  If you are in business in the western world, and you haven't yet read this book, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  At most libraries by now.

Also a couple other fascinating books about societal trends and such are Blink! (http://www.amazon.com/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without/dp/0316010669/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196107238&sr=1-1) and The Tipping Point (http://www.amazon.com/Tipping-Point-Little-Things-Difference/dp/0316346624/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196107290&sr=1-1)  by Malcom Gladwell.

Perhaps I should start a new thread on Podcasts, because I've been digging the Rob Bell podcasts at his church's website.  Very challenging stuff.  His Velvet Elvis book was mentioned on page 1.

-Scott




I read Blue Like Jazz, Velvet Elivs and am familiar with McLaren and others like him.  While I enjoy some of their perspective, I don't take any of them very seriously.  It all seems very flavor-of-the-week to me and none of it gets very deep theologically, IMO.  To me all they are really doing is trying to counter the status quo while offering little in terms of actual solutions to the problems that they gripe about. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on November 27, 2007, 12:58:40 AM
I just finished 'The Adventures of Augie March'; I expected it to be great but it was only good.

I'm about to start 'Crime and Punishment'.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on November 27, 2007, 01:02:07 AM
I just finished 'The Adventures of Augie March'; I expected it to be great but it was only good.

I'm about to start 'Crime and Punishment'.

Be sure to check back in with us in 6 or 8 months jerremy3220.   I admire your fortitude.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: doctor_gogol on November 27, 2007, 05:08:17 AM
Just finished, Rendezvous with Rama  by Arthur C Clarke. BRILLIANT book!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on November 28, 2007, 02:48:58 AM
Good for you Jeremy!  Nothing better than Dosty!  Piscator


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on December 09, 2007, 02:35:26 AM
Just started "Forever Free" a fascinating history of Reconstruction.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on December 10, 2007, 06:25:02 AM
finshed "the stranger" last week.  super awesome.  on "slaughterhouse five" now.

love,
eor


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 10, 2007, 07:42:42 PM
finshed "the stranger" last week.  super awesome.  on "slaughterhouse five" now.

love,
eor
Interesting. I read "The Stranger" this year and I found it to be the worst book I've ever put my hands on.  Different strokes, I suppose.   :beer


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on December 11, 2007, 05:43:19 AM
eor found this edifying: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stranger_(novel) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stranger_(novel)).  i like to read up on a book after i'm done with them, to fill in the gaps and stuff.  it helps me to formulate my "final decision" on it.  i do the same with movies.  then i put the ones i like back in the pile to be re-read, now that i "get" them.

but maybe it just hit a little too close to home for me.  and, as you said, it was tailor made to my sensibilites.  you can look at the other stuff eor has read and kinda see a pattern.  eor does require a different stroke.    :arrow

love,
eor

i'll probably check out another one of his major works later.  i only have two or three in line after slaughterhouse five, but none that i'm super excited/curious about.  i suppose i can re-read some old ones...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on December 11, 2007, 12:26:14 PM
Anyone read Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu/In Search of Lost Time? Challenging stuff! Not for the weak of heart (or eyes). I read Duane's Depressed by Larry McMurtry in which Duane is prescribed Proust by his shrink and that was hard enough.

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (French pronounced [maʁsɛl pʁust]) (July 10, 1871 – November 18, 1922) was a French novelist, essayist and critic, best known as the author of À la recherche du temps perdu (in English, In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past), a monumental work of twentieth-century fiction published in seven parts from 1913 to 1927.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on December 11, 2007, 03:49:01 PM
EOR,

I don't think Camus offers a complete world-view, but, like an ikon, presents an incivive view of one aspect of modern times.  That the message is there at all, makes Camus seem less bleak than other existential writers.  Orson Welles produced a film version of "Stranger" with Anthony Perkins.  I'm not a film buff, but I thoutht it was superb.

Creature, really?  I didn't like Camus sparse style right away, but ultimately had to admit that "Stranger" is a brilliant commentary on the dehumanization of 'modern culture'.   

Not exactly a cheerful writer, but for that reason, maybe we should be thankful for the sparse narrative style.  Camus has never topped my list of favorite writers, but now I wish he'd had time to write more.

As you say, 'different strokes'

Duck, I'm not drawn to French novels and I suspect I've missed out.  Proust's 'Remembrance' is highly regarded and one day I'll get to it. 

I'm not an expert on Larry McMurty but I thought "Lonesome Dove" was magnificent.  It even struck me as Shakesperean.  I don't know McMurty's other work, but 'Dove' really impressed me.

Piscator


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on December 11, 2007, 04:59:11 PM
McMurtry is an American treasure in my H.O. I've almost bought the Proust many times but having read the first 50 or so pages of the first book, I'm terribly daunted and am pretty sure it's some kind of existential torture as opposed to entertainment. Maybe I'll stick with McMurtry.     


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on December 11, 2007, 08:43:07 PM
The Velocity of Honey: And More Science of Everyday Life
From Publishers Weekly
"Science can uncover the origins of the cosmos and the blueprints of life itself, but it can also explore some of the most inconsequential phenomena known to man. No less than three essays in this charming collection concern the spillage of breakfast foods, including the title piece on dripping honey and further investigations of why toast always falls with the buttered side down and why coffee stains are ring-shaped. Other topics probed by Ingram, host of the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet and author of The Science of Everyday Life, include the physics of coin-spinning, stone-skipping and paper-crumpling; the math talents of animals and infants; the six degrees of separation myth; and the cognitive psychology behind a range of desultory human capabilities, from catching a fly ball to working an ATM machine. Though the scientific theories Ingram unearths are fascinating, more hilarious is the disproportion between effort and importance, as with the elaborate experimental protocols scientists have developed to investigate the feeling people sometimes get of being watched. Ingram's deft, witty writing gives a real feel for science as a human process of trying to answer the questions, no matter how inane, that happen to get stuck in one's craw."


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: blued03r on December 11, 2007, 10:07:02 PM
Good for you Jeremy!  Nothing better than Dosty!  Piscator

So true!

I wish that I would have seen this post last month.  If you read good ol' Fyodor, as any literate person should,  I HIGHLY recommend the Pevear/Volokhonsky translations over ANY other.  These translations are brilliant and reflect the true poetry and music of Dostoevsky's genius!!!!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on December 11, 2007, 10:42:23 PM
I love Doestoyevski but its difficult to say he's better than Tolstoy. Anybody else find this? When you first read "the Russians" especially War and Peace, you get half way through and realize that everyone has three or four names and then you better start over now that you know everyone's name(s). In the immortal words of Boney M. "Oooh those Russians!"
My other favourite Russians ...
Alexander Solzhenitsyn - just about anything
Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita
Life and fate -  Vasily Grossman (about Stalingrad)

I also really like the Czech writer Josef Skvorecky (which I believe is pronounced Sharesky). The Engineer of Human Souls is astounding. The Bass Saxaphone is great too. It's mostly about jazz and communism and how they don't mix so well. Another knock against communism, imho.   






Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 11, 2007, 11:12:41 PM
When you first read "the Russians" especially War and Peace, you get half way through and realize that everyone has three or four names and then you better start over now that you know everyone's name(s).

Yeh, I was luck to catch on to this quickly. I'm sure there's a reason behind this, I should probably research it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 11, 2007, 11:41:51 PM
Regarding 'the stranger'.  I'll leave open that possibility that I'm just not deep enough to "get it".  But I just couldn't see a point to any of it. But then again, maybe that was the point.

On reading:  Right now I'm reading Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson.  I think in '08 I'm going to focus my reading on American History and Theology. 

By the way, I'd be curious to know about how many books you folks go through in a year.  I've read about 50 this year, which is pretty high for me.  20 is usually about my average, but I've picked up the pace a bit in '07. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on December 12, 2007, 03:31:01 AM
Duck,

"McMurtry is an American treasure in my H.O. I've almost bought the Proust many times but having read the first 50 or so pages of the first book, I'm terribly daunted and am pretty sure it's some kind of existential torture as opposed to entertainment. Maybe I'll stick with McMurtry."

I think your opinion is right on target.  Mr. McMurty could certainly go down in history as one of America's great writers.  He's certainly up there with Dana, Parkman and Cooper and probably beyond Steinbeck or Crane. 

I've always found that I don't choose the book, the book chooses me, so if Proust hasn't grabbed you in 50 pages, I'd say "move on."  He hasn't grabbed me yet.

The Russian novels use a lot of family names which can be confusing and not always essential to following the story.  I think you're best to read them without worrying much about it.  Catch the drift and come back a second time.  I've read most of the major Russian novels more than once and I'll read them again.  I think Tolstoy's message is pretty static, but there's always something new to find in Doestoevsky.  Dosty, more than Tolstoy, is the 'Russian Shakespeare'.  If the length puts you off, the shorter novels like Dostoevsky's "The Gambler" or "Crime and Punishment" are equally powerful.  Tolstoy's short stories serve that purpose.

If I could have only one Russian novel it would be Dostoevsky's "Brother's Karamazov" or "The Idiot"

Blue03r,

"I HIGHLY recommend the Pevear/Volokhonsky translations over ANY other.  These translations are brilliant and reflect the true poetry and music of Dostoevsky's genius!!!!"   :+1:

100% RIGHT-- ABSOLUTELY!!  The Peavear/Volokhonsky translations are brilliant.  Reading these new editions is like reading an entirely new book.  Don't even think about investing time in the other translations, until you've exhausted these!!

Creature,

A terrific goal!  Ben is highly underated and the recent crap popularizing him as a mere 'dirty ol' man' is atrocious.  A magnificent thinker whose contributions changed the world! 

Whew, glad to get all that off my chest  :smile:

Happy reading folks!  Piscator


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 12, 2007, 04:09:21 AM


Creature,

A terrific goal!  Ben is highly underated and the recent crap popularizing him as a mere 'dirty ol' man' is atrocious.  A magnificent thinker whose contributions changed the world! 

Whew, glad to get all that off my chest  :smile:

Happy reading folks!  Piscator
If one could read our thoughts, we'd ALL not only be classified as "dirty", but absolutely filthy.   :winkin:

But I hear what you're saying.  I've read quite a bit on Franklin, and Isaacson tends to be treating him as very human, but not saintly like some authors of old have.  But I'm not even half-way through the book yet and it's a big one, so things could change. 

And I agree that BF changed the world for the better. He did in one long life what most of us couldn't (or wouldn't) do in ten. I think he was one of the most briliant thinkers in what little we actually know of human history. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on December 12, 2007, 07:39:03 PM
Creature,

You may be right.  All I can claim is that I'm trying to clean up my act!   :smile:

You're certainly right about Ben, firefighter, inventor, gas-lamp promoter, diplomat, author, printer...  I'd love to have half his enegy!

Whether it's a portrayal of BF or anyone else, I have a real problem with this horrible penchant we have for typecasting. 

I don't really watch television, but I caught part of a "docu-drama" that portrayed Franklin as a lecherous has-been whose association with Jefferson and reason for hanging with the Continental Congress was mainly the opportunity it provided to eat, drink, and chase young women.  It was awful. 

A while back I saw another portraying Eisenhower as a emotional softy, inclined to qouting Shakepeare and constantly on the edge of a nervous breakdown provoked by his telepathic visions of his profound place in history.  It was so bad I didn't know whether to laugh or weep.

Another is the portrayals of Columbus.  I now know that Columbus spent years petitioning two courts and risked his life crossing an unknown ocean because he was a thug who enjoyed robbng and beating the defenseless, under a disguise of feigned Catholicism.  Why didn't he just go into investment banking or real estate?

I find these treatments reprehensible.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on December 12, 2007, 08:09:54 PM
Duck,

"McMurtry is an American treasure in my H.O. I've almost bought the Proust many times but having read the first 50 or so pages of the first book, I'm terribly daunted and am pretty sure it's some kind of existential torture as opposed to entertainment. Maybe I'll stick with McMurtry."

I think your opinion is right on target.  Mr. McMurty could certainly go down in history as one of America's great writers.  He's certainly up there with Dana, Parkman and Cooper and probably beyond Steinbeck or Crane. 

I've always found that I don't choose the book, the book chooses me, so if Proust hasn't grabbed you in 50 pages, I'd say "move on."  He hasn't grabbed me yet.

The Russian novels use a lot of family names which can be confusing and not always essential to following the story.  I think you're best to read them without worrying much about it.  Catch the drift and come back a second time.  I've read most of the major Russian novels more than once and I'll read them again.  I think Tolstoy's message is pretty static, but there's always something new to find in Doestoevsky.  Dosty, more than Tolstoy, is the 'Russian Shakespeare'.  If the length puts you off, the shorter novels like Dostoevsky's "The Gambler" or "Crime and Punishment" are equally powerful.  Tolstoy's short stories serve that purpose.

If I could have only one Russian novel it would be Dostoevsky's "Brother's Karamazov" or "The Idiot"

Blue03r,

"I HIGHLY recommend the Pevear/Volokhonsky translations over ANY other.  These translations are brilliant and reflect the true poetry and music of Dostoevsky's genius!!!!"   :+1:

100% RIGHT-- ABSOLUTELY!!  The Peavear/Volokhonsky translations are brilliant.  Reading these new editions is like reading an entirely new book.  Don't even think about investing time in the other translations, until you've exhausted these!!

Creature,

A terrific goal!  Ben is highly underated and the recent crap popularizing him as a mere 'dirty ol' man' is atrocious.  A magnificent thinker whose contributions changed the world! 

Whew, glad to get all that off my chest  :smile:

Happy reading folks!  Piscator

Yeah well it takes Proust 50 pages to describe the most mundane of things. I get the point. Novelizing in almost real time but the reason we like novels is tension created within a plot with "necessary" development. 10 pages of someone tying their shoe is excessive. I have almost the same problem with Sartre who is only slightly less pedantic. Having read all the Dostoevski you mention, I can only agree. Tolstoy may be a one note but it's the right one. ;)

As an aside ,who reads Canadian authors? My favourite Canadian writer is Mordecai Richler along with Robertson Davies, Margaret Lawrence, Leonard Cohen and Czech ex-patriot Josef Skvorecky. It's too cold to write anything long so most of us are songwriters. ;)             


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 12, 2007, 08:40:51 PM
Creature,

You may be right.  All I can claim is that I'm trying to clean up my act!   :smile:

You're certainly right about Ben, firefighter, inventor, gas-lamp promoter, diplomat, author, printer...  I'd love to have half his enegy!

Whether it's a portrayal of BF or anyone else, I have a real problem with this horrible penchant we have for typecasting. 

I don't really watch television, but I caught part of a "docu-drama" that portrayed Franklin as a lecherous has-been whose association with Jefferson and reason for hanging with the Continental Congress was mainly the opportunity it provided to eat, drink, and chase young women.  It was awful. 

A while back I saw another portraying Eisenhower as a emotional softy, inclined to qouting Shakepeare and constantly on the edge of a nervous breakdown provoked by his telepathic visions of his profound place in history.  It was so bad I didn't know whether to laugh or weep.

Another is the portrayals of Columbus.  I now know that Columbus spent years petitioning two courts and risked his life crossing an unknown ocean because he was a thug who enjoyed robbng and beating the defenseless, under a disguise of feigned Catholicism.  Why didn't he just go into investment banking or real estate?

I find these treatments reprehensible.
Just a few good reasons why I read very little modern commentary on history.  Most of the real historians are dead.  What we have today is a bunch of lazy critics only interested in stirring the pot. Real research would be too hard, so taking stabs in the dark will have to do for these pukes. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: piscator on December 13, 2007, 04:31:25 PM
Mr. Duck or Mr. Trapper (if you prefer)  :smile:

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It's too cold to write anything long so most of us are songwriters. ;)             
   :+1:   :roll

Too funny!  Sitting here waiting for YOUR snow to hit us, I'm preparing to light a fire and put on my Oscar Brand records.  :winkin:

I've read Bill Mason's, "Path of the Paddle," "Song of the Paddle," and enjoyed his wonderful films -- does that count?

I once worked with a Canadian company that had offices in Montreal and Toronto.  I was in Montreal the night the power blackout shut the lights on the Hockey game.  On that occasion I was even "officially adopted" as a Canadian's fan.  I love Canada, but it is too %^&& cold!

If there are not a lot of Canadian writers it may also be that (as one business associate told me) "there's just not a lot of Canadians in the first place".  If I were up there, I'd be so busy chopping wood to keep warm, I'd never write a line!   :bgrin:

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the reason we like novels is tension created within a plot with "necessary" development. 10 pages of someone tying their shoe is excessive. I have almost the same problem with Sartre who is only slightly less pedantic.

There may be other reasons to like a novel, but not wanting to be pedantic, I wholeheartedly agree with your point.  Overwrought writing is a tedious plague.  "There's no such thing as writing, only editing" is advice that haunts me. 

I also think there are writers who gain great reputations before doing anything great.  They may be 'darlings of the public' or carry reputations from other fields.  In those cases the writer may try to live up to an impossible ideal and fail.  A writer with the initials JPS, might be an example. 

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Having read all the Dostoevski you mention, I can only agree. Tolstoy may be a one note but it's the right one. ;)

Well put, Sir!  And from what I understand Tolstoy may have been the first to agree.  Tolstoy believed that moral instruction was the justification for literature.  He objected to writers who neglected this mission, probably including Dostoevsky.  I read an account of Tolstoy's last days that noted the irony that a bible and one of Dostoevsky's books were alongside Tolstoy's bed on the night he died.  The two men never met.

I enjoy both writers but I don't re-read Tolstoy as much.  Tolstoy's 'one note' is probably the reason.  Tolstoy's characters are marvelous, but they only exist to deliver a singular message and their actions are therfore predictable.  Once the "cat's out of the bag" and the story is told, the characters don't 'hold up' in a second reading.

Interestingly, I can't think of a single Tolstoy character that I'd care to read about in a sequel devoted only to that character.  With Dostoevsky it's the opposite.  I'd 'rip through' a second book centered on just about any of Dostoevsky's characters. 

I don't think this is a criticism of Tolstoy, more importantly, it intimates what each writer was trying to accomplish.

Keep up the good work, Mr. Duck.  And BTW, YOUR snow is just starting to fall, so it's time to light the fire, put on the music and curl up with a BOOK.

Best, Piscator


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on December 19, 2007, 05:23:47 AM
finished slaughterhouse five!  so great, eor found it.  i really liked vonnegut, but this is the first of his books that i've read- only interviews, essays and the like before.  it took a little bit to put it all together, but i'm glad i did.  and even if you don't get into all the philosophical/outer space crap, it's still a good story.  not sure if he invented non-linear story telling, but it is certainly more prevalent nowadays than it was before him, in movies especially.

love,
eor

i saw it as more of a pro-free will vs fatalism, but i guess it depends on the reader.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: topographic on December 20, 2007, 07:07:52 PM
2: Dylan's Visions of Sin by Christopher Ricks and a biography of Sir Francis Drake. Now THERE was a dude.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on December 23, 2007, 09:53:04 AM
Hey, I've been mostly lurking on this thread, but there is some incredible offerings here.
I find myself wanting to go through all of these pages over the next week and create a book list from all of your suggestions.
It made me think of something. Too bad we can't post the book names in a list--you know, like "The Larrivee Forum Book List" similar to those in The New York Times.
Thanks again. You all have given me some new avenues to consider in the literary world.
--Fred


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on December 24, 2007, 05:28:50 AM
The Bounty: the True story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander.  a very detailed account of everything and everyone involved with the mutiny.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryentzer on December 26, 2007, 04:18:44 AM
1. Bible
2. The Kingdom Triangle - JP Moreland
3. The Real Face of Atheism - Ravi




Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 26, 2007, 05:08:36 PM
I just finished Walter Isaacson's Ben Franklin: An American Life.  I've read quite a bit on Franklin and this book dug into his private life pretty extensively, but like most biographers, I think Isaacson made some assumptions that one really cannot know for sure.  You can learn a lot about a person by reading through their journal entries, old letters, etc., but the details that most of us really want to know die in these people's grave.  Franklin is one of my favorite historical figures and I'll likely continue to read about him in 08.

I just scored 2 from the library that I'm excited about:

Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

and

Inventing a Nation
by Gore Vidal

We shall see.....


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 27, 2007, 04:01:12 PM
I finally finished 'Crime and Punishment', it was magnificent yet it left me somewhat mystified, though perhaps that was the intent. Usually it's obvious what ideology an author is trying to push, however Doestovesky in this book presented a philosophy well, then the opposite just as soundly. I have been well aware of the possibility that a person may hold certain ideals/views on life that are seemingly arrived to and supported by reason and study, then they fall in love, start a family and their convictions change and all that philosophizing goes out the window.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: blued03r on December 27, 2007, 05:30:20 PM
I finally finished 'Crime and Punishment', it was magnificent yet it left me somewhat mystified, though perhaps that was the intent. Usually it's obvious what ideology an author is trying to push, however Doestovesky in this book presented a philosophy well, then the opposite just as soundly. I have been well aware of the possibility that a person may hold certain ideals/views on life that are seemingly arrived to and supported by reason and study, then they fall in love, start a family and their convictions change and all that philosophizing goes out the window.

Ahh, the many questions of the, "Grand Inquisitor".  Isn't Dostoevsky amazing!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on December 27, 2007, 06:03:34 PM
Just finished "What is the What" by Dave Eggers and "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Now reading  "Bridge of Sighs:"  by Richard Russo (Nobody's Fool, Empire Falls, )

All are great reads if anyone is interested


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: aboss on December 28, 2007, 02:33:46 AM
I'm currently reading Clapton's autobiography... I'm about to start the "Cream" chapter!  :smile:

There's some really interesting stories about his childhood/early life, and how he started rising to the top, and all the people he met along the way. Apparently he crossed paths with a pile of rising stars while he was starting on the rise himself... like The Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac etc.

Pretty interesting stuff indeed!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 29, 2007, 07:16:19 PM
I'm about half-way through with Inventing a Nation by Gore Vidal.  I should have trusted my gut when it told me to skip this one.  I'll finish it, simply becaue I hate not finishing a book, but it's so full of left-leaning spin and jabs at the current administration that I can barely take it.  This kind of book is exactly why I shy away from most contemporary history books.   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: little fingers on December 29, 2007, 07:50:13 PM
parnassus on wheels; Christopher Morley.
it was my grandfather's copy--printed in 1947.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: flagstaffcharlie on December 31, 2007, 04:36:39 AM
Grizzly Years by Doug Peacock. Awesome book too...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on January 01, 2008, 01:14:27 AM
creature, I'm thinking about checking out some 'Don DeLillo' you mentioned. I looked on Amazon, his most popular novel is about 9/11, I don't think I wanna read about that, what do recommend?


I also might check out 'Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics'; I may be too dumb for that one though.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bjstrings on January 01, 2008, 02:55:36 AM
"Tibet, Tibet" by Patrick French, for the second time.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: little fingers on January 01, 2008, 08:07:45 AM
I'll finish it, simply because I hate not finishing a book...

i was of this mind set for many years. but sometime within the last year or two i decided that finishing a book i really disliked was taking time away from either reading a book that i might really like, playing guitar, motorcycles, or any other mind expanding activity.
it was a tough habit to break, but not one i regret breaking.

i keep a book list every year; date started, date finished, or date shelved. every once in a while i'll go back to a shelved piece and pick up where i left off. i'll give it a chapter or two. if it flows for me, great. i keep reading. if not, back on the shelf so i have time for laying guitar, motorcycles, or any other mind expanding activity.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on January 01, 2008, 03:21:51 PM
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but it's so full of left-leaning spin
I wonder since we've been so inundated with right-leaning spin that the truth might appear leftish..?

Jeremy - I've been a big fan of Don Delillo for decades the one that got me hooked was "White Noise", notables are Players, Mao II, The Names etc. Underworld is a standout too but it's a big commitment. I haven't read 9/11 yet but I'm sure it will be an interesting read.
 :cheers
And Happy New Year
Rob


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on January 01, 2008, 04:59:38 PM
robv,

Certainly your characterisation does occur amongst some people, but I do not think ANY educated person would accuse Gore Vidal of being conservative.  Further, I doubt anyone (himself included) would deny his being liberal.  the creature is a thinking man, and exercises discernment accordingly.

all,
I see nothing wrong with labeling the truth of a books content, as long as there is no malicious intent.  We cannot begin to debate or constructively participate in dialog with other points of view unless we are clear about that which we espouse.  I often wonder why we (rhetorically) fear this act.

 :thumbsup


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on January 01, 2008, 06:12:55 PM
Don't pollute our thread with pollitical content!

I know we don't want it locked.

Thanks robv, White Noise is the one I'm thinking about reading.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on January 01, 2008, 07:09:32 PM
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Don't pollute our thread with pollitical content!
True, I apologize for the rant, this thread isn't about politics and is too important to be locked for an indiscretion. You will like White Noise it is one of his shorter works but is dripping in satire and is pretty funny and thought provoking. What impressed me was the quality of his writing.
Rob


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 01, 2008, 07:57:12 PM
Great discussion....

I won't get political, but I'll only make one point to rob.  If you read many of my posts, you'll see that I don't like spin in either direction.  At this point, I don't even care if I agree with it, I don't want to hear it.  I like to read the events that occurred in history and about the people that were there.  That's about it.  I don't need constant stabs to the current administration (or constant praise for it either) to help me better understand the American revolution.  Vidal seems bitter and angry in his writing style, and if not those extremes, at least extremely unhappy and that's something that I don't enjoy at all. 

jeremy --- I've not actually read any of Don Delillo, but I know a guy who, based on what I know of you from your writings, seems like he'd be a lot like you, and it it seems like you guys would read some of the same books. Both of you have a very creative way of expressing yourself and you remind me of him, even though I don't really know you "for real".  Make sense?
 :bgrin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on January 01, 2008, 11:49:13 PM


jeremy --- I've not actually read any of Don Delillo, but I know a guy who, based on what I know of you from your writings, seems like he'd be a lot like you, and it it seems like you guys would read some of the same books. Both of you have a very creative way of expressing yourself and you remind me of him, even though I don't really know you "for real".  Make sense?
 :bgrin:

yep, I got ya. Well maybe I'll read your semi-recommendation and if it's good I'll recommend it to you. I need to read something out of my usual 1860-1960 classics.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bearsville0 on January 02, 2008, 02:15:09 AM
I also might check out 'Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics'; I may be too dumb for that one though.

 :thumb I had that book in my hands just yesterday as I thumbed though my books in storage. Ended up bringing Maturana and Varela's "Tree of Knowledge" home.

Korzybsky's (Sp?) stuff about "the map is not the territory" still holds up. But I find it generally easier to read Gregory Bateson's commentary on that stuff.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Novalis on January 02, 2008, 03:49:44 AM
I also might check out 'Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics'; I may be too dumb for that one though.

I've been reading The Korzybski "Collected Works" for the past year. Wow, it's quite a doorstop! Even bigger than "Sciene and Sanity".

You're plenty smart to read "Science and Sanity", just be sure to read all of the introductions. Korzybski gives a really good primer in the introduction to the second edition (contained in the newest, 5th edition). Korzybski's ideas helped rewire some really horrible semantic habits I had aquired over the years.

As a clinician (I work in the mental health field), I truly wish that "Science and Sanity" was still being taught in colleges like it was back in the days when a B.A. or B.S. had any value.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 02, 2008, 07:46:24 PM
I took little fingers' advice and gave up on Vidal.  I'm about to dig into a 2-volume set containing Franklin's autobiography and his Way to Wealth.  I've pretty much decided to put Franklin's autobiography on my annual reading list, as I have the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

On a side note, over the Christmas holiday break I found myself dabbling into CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia again.  I get side-tracked on my reading pretty easily for some reason and these books are great fun for me. 

But I've got a pile of books sitting in a corner, many of them have been there for a year or two, that need to be read and I'm determined to get through them this year.  I've got 3 volumes of great American short stories, a book of old Irish folk tales and much history to work through. We shall see. 

Maybe we can keep this thread going through 08 as well.  That would be fun.   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bjstrings on January 03, 2008, 01:46:30 AM
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But I've got a pile of books sitting in a corner, many of them have been there for a year or two, that need to be read

I do the same.  And sometimes I start a book and quickly lose interest, then go back to it a year later and find it wonderful.  Go figure!

BTW, Creature: did you see my PM to you?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on January 08, 2008, 01:00:27 AM
I looked for 'White Noise' at my local library. No go. It probably doesn't help the book selection that 80% of the people in my city are illiterate(that may be an exaggeration).


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 08, 2008, 04:33:12 PM
I looked for 'White Noise' at my local library. No go. It probably doesn't help the book selection that 80% of the people in my city are illiterate(that may be an exaggeration).
I'm not sure about your state, but in Texas we have something called the TexShare program, which allows a person access to other local libraries in thier respective county, but it also allows access to most local university libraries, and even some seminary libraries.  This program has been most helpful to me in my quest for hard-to-find books/media.   Check out what your state has available.  Many times there are wonderful programs that are available, but lots of folks never know about them. 

bjstings, yes, I did get your PM a while back. Sorry for not saying so earlier. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 14, 2008, 11:33:15 PM
Just finished:

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (again)
Legends, Lies and Cherished  Myths of American History by Richard Shenkman
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Currently reading:

The Boy and His Horse by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Next up:

The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: little fingers on January 15, 2008, 03:40:55 PM
Just Finished:
The Road: Cormac McCarthy.
have to go to the, to be read shelf, for my next pick.
not certain what it will be.
maybe Ian McEwan, maybe an old John Irving...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bjstrings on January 15, 2008, 11:20:09 PM
I'm now going thru Clapton's autobiography.  And also "The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth" by Barry Naughton.  Last week, I finished "Here Be Yaks", about a lengthy trip to Mt. Kailash in western Tibet.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on January 16, 2008, 01:42:05 AM
just started "Deception Point" by Dan Brown.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 21, 2008, 02:24:59 AM
Just finished:

The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity

I thought I'd read a title or two by Lewis, but I might be stuck on him for a while.  I really like his style. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: SteveO on January 21, 2008, 03:00:02 AM
Today I'm reading, Real Writing with Readings and book on Microsoft Word 2007.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jwsamuel on January 28, 2008, 02:08:09 AM
I just bought "Twenty Thousand Roads." It's a biography of Gram Parsons.

Jim


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 28, 2008, 02:42:37 AM
I've been meaning for years to get into Gram Parsons, but I've yet to do it. Maybe this year. 

I got stuck on Mere Christianity and read it twice.  I really enjoyed it. 

Right now I'm trying to read Perelandra by CS Lewis.  It's part of his Sci-Fi stuff and so far I really don't like it, but I'm going to give it a few more chapters. 

I also read a book called 90 Minutes in Heaven by a guy named Don Piper.  He says he was dead for an hour and a half in a car crash back in 1989 and had an unusual NDE.  It was interesting, but the title was a bit misleading in my view.  He wrote very little about the actual NDE, but the book was really all about his recovery from the accident.  I felt that the book could have and probably should have been about half as long.  That book's been out for a while, but I was late to the party. 



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on January 28, 2008, 02:54:21 AM
I read 'One foot in Eden' a few days ago, it was entertaining. The writing was simplistic and the ending was a little over the top but it would make a really good movie.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: blued03r on January 28, 2008, 02:55:57 AM
For the second time, I just finished, "Up in the Old Hotel" by Joseph Mitchell.  What a great "must read" classic!
And to follow "the creature"'s lead, I too am a reading C.S. Lewis piece, "The Problem of Pain."  Of course, it's facinating, because it's Lewis, but it certainly isn't a "quick read."


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: pocketbass on January 28, 2008, 07:09:40 AM
2 really opposite styles and content of books: Choke by Chuck Palahniuk and the Bible's Book of Acts. :wacko:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: dannyOsbourne on January 31, 2008, 04:31:35 AM
When God stood up, a Christian response to AIDS in Africa ~ Jim Cantelon


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on February 05, 2008, 03:12:50 PM
Just started "Inside Delta Force" by Eric L. Haney.  It's about the creation of the first special operations counterterrorist group in the 1970's.  Man, those guys were tough.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: flagstaffcharlie on February 07, 2008, 05:34:02 AM
Just finished "Grizzly Years" by Doug Peacock and "The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth" by E.O. Wilson.

Currently reading "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on February 07, 2008, 02:21:05 PM
Reading 'The Sun Also Rises'


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on February 13, 2008, 04:49:19 AM
Finished 'The Sun Also Rises'




I think this was my least favorite Hemingway novel. It was good don't get me wrong but it wasn't much more than the account of a group of people vacationing in Spain... or maybe I missed something but I'm not one who reads just to see what happens either. I love his writing style though. He writes alot of dialogue for the characters but doesn't come out and tell you what they're thinking, which is how you interact with people in real life; you know what they tell you but not what they're thinking.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 13, 2008, 05:47:35 AM
I have no idea why but I just started reading Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller.  He is the same guy who wrote Blue Like Jazz, which I both loved and hated.  It's really strange, because I do not like much of what he writes about, but I just really like the way he writes it.  Weird. 

I'm also going to read Clapton's autobiography next.  I've heard great things about it.  We shall see. 

jeremy, I've wanted to get into Hemingway, but just never have.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: blued03r on February 20, 2008, 05:22:30 AM
Still not done with "The Problem of Pain", but it is amazing--I'm almost there.  I'd definately recommend it, especially to a C.S. Lewis fan.  I have the Brothers Karamazov, and The Double/The Gambler by Dostoevsky (Pevear & Volokhonsky translations), coming in the mail this week!   :smile:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Braxton on February 20, 2008, 07:41:08 AM
I finished yesterday "The Amalgamation Polka" by Stephen Wright, an interesting an strange novel set during American Civil War.
I realized I don't know so much about that war, so I ordered  Fletcher Pratt's "A Short History Of The Civil War: Ordeal By Fire".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bjstrings on February 21, 2008, 02:50:07 AM
I'm just finishing "The Yiddish Policeman's Union", by Michael Chabon.  A somewhat weird & quirky book, but worth reading, for sure. Reviewed in the NYT about a year ago.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jwb on February 23, 2008, 11:53:22 AM
jeremy, I've wanted to get into Hemingway, but just never have.

Just started "For Whom the Bell Tolls"  and just finished "Islands in the Stream" for the second time.  Hemingway is good stuff.  He grows on you.  Give "Islands" a try creature...it was published after Hemingway's death, disjointed plot divided into 3 parts (almost like novellas).  You can read it intermittently and come back to it without losing the plot.  I really like it.

Another good one to have around is "The Weight of Glory" by Lewis....collection of his essays....good stuff if you like "Mere Christianity"

Justin


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Turbodog on February 24, 2008, 11:23:22 PM
I must admit I'm a newbie here and didn't take the time to read this whole thread. With that in mind please forgive me when I ask this question.

Any other WWII buffs here? If so have you read any good books lately?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on February 25, 2008, 12:53:40 AM
I just finished Dylan's Chronicles. I liked it but it wasn't great. I'm so tired of hearing about how important the 60's were and Dylan's part in it, real or inflated, and him going electric, etc.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: sayheyjeff on February 25, 2008, 03:52:03 AM
I had a bit of hard time reading through Dylan's Chronicles but was given the book on cd and found that a good listen.  Sean Penn was the reader and he was a perfect choice.  Made a good listen during drive time.

Reading Doctorow's The March.  So far its great and as expected, it fits right in with the fiddle tunes and old time music I am working on. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 25, 2008, 06:28:05 AM
I never got into Dylan, so I probably wouldn't connect all that well with the book.  I've tried his music, but I just don't connect well with it. I got Blonde On Blonde and sort of shrugged. 

I'm in the middle of Clapton's book right now.  Good stuff.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on February 25, 2008, 08:21:51 AM
"Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing.  the telling of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to cross Antarctica.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on February 25, 2008, 01:30:36 PM
Somebody gave me the Dylan book, but I couldn't finish it.  :yak:
poki , I also read "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing a while ago and thought it was a great book.
If you like that, and for anyone who got all the way through Moby Dick, I'm now reading LEVIATHAN: The History of Whaling in America by Eric Jay Dolin. (I did read Moby Dick, although it wasn't until my third attempt and I happened to be living in the West Indies on an island in the Eastern Caribbean at the time, spending my weekends diving and whale watching, so that may have helped). Watched the movie on TV again last night.
What would you expect from one named "Queequeg"?

edit:
Welcome Turbodog.  :welcome:
And I admit I haven't read the whole thread either- all 18 pages of it. Someone (not me, of course) might wonder about you, if you had... 
:humour:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Braxton on February 26, 2008, 02:50:22 PM
I just finished Terry Pratchett's "Lord and Ladies". 
Another brilliant and funny episode in the Discworld saga.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 26, 2008, 05:51:38 PM
I just finished Clapton's autobiography and I though it was great.  I did think it was a bit longer than it needed to be, and I wish he'd have talked a bit more about his gear.  Surely he knew that tons of guitar players were going to read the book. Anyway, I really did like it and I thought he was brutally honest about himself.  I particularly liked reading about he and George Harrison's relationship.  I never knew how or when George wrote "Here Comes the Sun" and there's a great story behind it.  I thought it was strange that Clapton completely skipped over his country music faze when he played "Lay Down Sally" and was always wearing the cowboy hat with the feathers. I highly recommend the book though.  I found it to be very good. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on February 27, 2008, 02:03:32 AM
I liked what Dylan said in Chronicles about 'On the Road'...

"Within the first few months that I was in New York I'd lost my interest in
the 'hungry for kicks' hipster vision that Kerouac illustrates so well in
his book 'On The Road'. That book had been like a bible to me. Not anymore,
though. I still loved the breathless, dynamic bop poetry phrases that flowed
from Jack's pen, but now that character Moriarty seemed out of place,
purposeless - seemed like a character who inspired idiocy. He goes through
life bumping and grinding with a bull on top of him."

I liked the book but didn't get all the hype about it being a profound revelation or whatever.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 27, 2008, 06:36:10 AM
Hell, I've never even heard of the book till this thread.   :?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on February 28, 2008, 09:14:01 AM

poki , I also read "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing a while ago and thought it was a great book.
If you like that, and for anyone who got all the way through Moby Dick, I'm now reading LEVIATHAN: The History of Whaling in America by Eric Jay Dolin. (I did read Moby Dick, although it wasn't until my third attempt and I happened to be living in the West Indies on an island in the Eastern Caribbean at the time, spending my weekends diving and whale watching, so that may have helped). Watched the movie on TV again last night.
What would you expect from one named "Queequeg"?



Queequeg thanks for the info.  there was also a movies titled Shackleton made in 2002 which i'm going to rent. 

i only recently found out that Moby Dick was based on an actual huge white bull sperm whale name Mocha Dick.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on February 29, 2008, 05:52:01 PM
I just finished "The Giant's House" which I would describe as a romance novel! It was pretty good and it held a lot of hidden messages about life for me.
Now, I am almost afraid to admit this to the group, but I am starting "A New Earth--Awakeing To Your Life's Purpose." I am still packing around Willie Nelson's book--"The Tao of Willie Nelson--A Guide To Happiness In Your Heart"--because I actually found myself highlighting parts of the book with a marker!! It really made an impact on me. I keep it by my bed and I almost have all of his jokes memorized. Again, I used to change the radio channel when Willie would come on--well, except The Highway Men stuff--because I didn't really buy into him. But, that changed with age.
On my "to read" shelf is "The Winds of War" and the Parsons bio "20,000 Roads" which I learned about on this thread.
As for Dylan, I will only say "never say never." I seem to late at everything in life and I am a slow learner! I used to shelve most of the Dylan albums people would give me and I even hated his voice when I was younger. It was the interview on "60 Minutes" that brought me around to Dylan. Then, the documentary on PBS really made me pick up "Chronicles." I don't think I idolize Bob Dylan. Rather, I see this section of music history through his eyes and try to learn from it. I do much the same with David Crosby's two biographies. That guy is lucky to be alive.
Lastly, if you haven't read Neil Young's biography, you are missing a lot. It's not so much Neil as it is the time, the places and the people he describes.
This is a great thread...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 29, 2008, 08:47:33 PM
I am still packing around Willie Nelson's book--"The Tao of Willie Nelson--A Guide To Happiness In Your Heart"--because I actually found myself highlighting parts of the book with a marker!!
I'm in the middle of this one right now myself.  I'm finding it pretty boring, and I don't enjoy the Eastern philosophy at all, but the jokes are funny.  I'll finish it, but I'm not getting much out of it. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on March 01, 2008, 12:04:28 AM
I just got a three CD set of Jack Kerouac's readings and poetry with jazz backgrounds. Cool sh*t! Zoot Simms and Al Cohn back him up on saxophone on one CD, Steve Allen on piano on another and Jack alone reads on the third. If you liked On The Road, dig Kerouac or beatnik jazz at all, if you'd like some perspective on Tom Waits or even Bob Dylan this stuff will do the trick.
As for "not-getting" Dylan, there's hope for all of you yet. Since he's merely the most important singer and songwriter of the second half of the 20th century, into the 21st and running, his work will stick around for further review.  :wink:         


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on March 01, 2008, 01:39:17 AM
I realize how important Dylan is, but I still don't get it.  I'm not saying he's not good, but it just doesn't connect with me.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on March 01, 2008, 07:28:50 AM
I only read this last page (18) but I enjoy Dylan's early stuff, THE BAND and The Birds covered his stuff the best to my taste The Birds version of "Wheels on Fire" was great.... As far as books I just read Psalm 91 and really enjoyed it so I wrote a song and melody...kind of a Psalm 91.redo I guess. Danny :blush:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on March 01, 2008, 07:51:28 PM
I only read this last page (18) but I enjoy Dylan's early stuff, THE BAND and The Birds covered his stuff the best to my taste The Birds version of "Wheels on Fire" was great.... As far as books I just read Psalm 91 and really enjoyed it so I wrote a song and melody...kind of a Psalm 91.redo I guess. Danny :blush:

Speaking of Dylan covers, I've also recently picked up 'Dylanesque' by Bryan Ferry and 'Lo and Behold' by Coulson Dean McGuiness Flint. The latter was first released in 1972, contains 13 songs that at that time had never seen release and is simply the best CD of Dylan covers ever, imo. These guys were part of Manfred Mann and after recording The Mighty Quinn, a hit for that band, went off and did this little gem. The Ferry CD is damn good too although I think Dylan's a better singer.  ;)
Dylan? What's to get? Brilliant songs, consistently leads great bands, often assisted by the who's who of the music business, revered by almost anyone who's tried to do the same thing.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: blued03r on March 01, 2008, 08:23:52 PM
Just finished "The Problem of Pain" last week.  FINALLY!    :crying:  My Dostoevsky books haven't come in yet, (we've got an ebay seller issue  :mad:), so perusing my shelves, I found "Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, an American Slave".  Even though I'm sure it's required reading in most high schools, I'd never read it, until a few days ago.  Talk about a compelling read!  My goodness, as cultured as I may have thought that I was, this book has put the experience of slavery in America into a whole new perspective for me!
I don't see color when I look at someone (I'm white, btw), but at the same time, I've only had a really superficial understanding of slavery, and honestly, I've not thought much about it.  Wow, this book is so well done, it's changed the way that I look at life--it's not often you can say that about any book!  Considering the author and his background, he wrote so well and so eloquently, you could almost say it was divinely inspired.  Very compelling.  $8.00 for the hardcover @ Barnes @ Noble.  Buy it, it takes a couple of days to read, and keep it.  Good stuff.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: mudshark on March 02, 2008, 07:04:54 PM
Nonfiction:
Cracking the Code - Thom Hartmann

Short Stories:
Demonology - Rick Moody

Novel:
William Kennedy - Roscoe


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jwb on March 13, 2008, 03:01:29 PM
Somebody gave me the Dylan book, but I couldn't finish it.  :yak:
poki , I also read "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing a while ago and thought it was a great book.
If you like that, and for anyone who got all the way through Moby Dick, I'm now reading LEVIATHAN: The History of Whaling in America by Eric Jay Dolin. (I did read Moby Dick, although it wasn't until my third attempt and I happened to be living in the West Indies on an island in the Eastern Caribbean at the time, spending my weekends diving and whale watching, so that may have helped). Watched the movie on TV again last night.
What would you expect from one named "Queequeg"?
Quote

I am about 1/4 through Moby Dick and I love it.  I never would have picked it up again if it was not for you, Queequeg.  It is very good.  I tried to read it years ago and I guess I wasn't ready for it.  So far so good...

Justin


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Braxton on March 13, 2008, 03:35:15 PM
I am about 1/4 through Moby Dick and I love it.  I never would have picked it up again if it was not for you, Queequeg.  It is very good.  I tried to read it years ago and I guess I wasn't ready for it.  So far so good...
Justin
A question for you Justin and Queequeg.
I read Moby Dick in Italian translation and I liked it a lot, but I think it should be even better in English. 
How is Melville's English? Is it difficult compared to normal English you read on newspapers? I use to read book in English, but never tried an '800 classic before.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on March 13, 2008, 05:40:41 PM
A question for you Justin and Queequeg.
I read Moby Dick in Italian translation and I liked it a lot, but I think it should be even better in English. 
How is Melville's English? Is it difficult compared to normal English you read on newspapers? I use to read book in English, but never tried an '800 classic before.
Here's a link to some Moby excerptsMoby excerpts... (http://www.melville.org/hmmoby.htm#Excerpts)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on March 13, 2008, 06:45:18 PM
If you like history at all, try Jonah Goldberg - Liberal Fascism - The History of the American Left From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! This probably won't change anyone's minds about anything but should ... er ... might clear up a lot of confusion about what's what. Reading about Woodrow Wilson and the Progressives right now. A lot of things, I didn't know and I'm finding it fascinating.
So far, I'll say, if you don't read this book or something like it, please never use the word "fascist" again. Chances are you don't what it means or what one really looks like. I plead guilty to that charge, btw. I'm glad to have a working definition of fascism that means more than "anything a communist doesn't like".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Braxton on March 13, 2008, 07:45:10 PM
Here's a link to some Moby excerptsMoby excerpts... (http://www.melville.org/hmmoby.htm#Excerpts)
Thanks man, I'll give a look  :thumbsup


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on March 13, 2008, 10:38:10 PM
I'm working my way through Francis Schaeffer's classic How Should We Then Live.  I recommend it if you're interested at all in how we (the Western World) got our way of thinking and how we ended with our culture. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ciscokid on March 14, 2008, 01:54:44 AM
Just finished Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and recommend it.  Don't know what's next - new L03r is coming in, may put down the books for awhile.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on March 16, 2008, 10:53:20 AM
Just got back from Cuba, interesting place, while travelling and sunning etc. read Wordsworth a Life by Juliet Barker very good very detailed, have on deck The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco.
Rob


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on March 20, 2008, 01:41:17 PM
I got done with Schaeffer a few days ago.  How Should We Then Live really is a great book.  I'll have to read it again though.  Way too much info to ingest in one round.

I'm now in the middle of Donald Miller's Through Painted Deserts, which is sort of his coming-of-age story of how he and a friend cashed everything in and took off on the open road.  I really like it so far. 

Also, I decided to read the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in the next 3 months.  I'm giving myself about 90 days to cover it all.  I've read through it many times over the years, but never from book to book like this.  I think it will be fun.  I'm not sure if I'll make it in 90 days, but I like goals.

 :wave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: little fingers on March 21, 2008, 12:24:31 AM
I just finished "The Giant's House" which I would describe as a romance novel! It was pretty good and it held a lot of hidden messages about life for me.

oh wow. i loved The Giant's House. it's wonderful how those "off the beaten path" novels find their way into people's souls.

i finished, A Thousand Splendid Suns over the weekend and i'm now enmeshed in The Gathering; by Anne Enright(Man Booker Prize winner in 2007) she sits high on the list of contemporary Irish writers whose work has moved me greatly over the years.

Manil Suri's; The Age of Shiva, is next.

(oh and then there is the dog-eared collection of e.e. cummings...)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: didymus21 on March 21, 2008, 04:17:40 AM
Does anyone except me feel this thread should be closed?  Every time I hit "show replies or unread posts" this pops up.  I won't be upset if I am the only one that feels this way.  It's just an annoyance to me.  I mean...19 pages....and first post on June 26, 2006!


 :tongue:



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on March 21, 2008, 04:57:06 AM
Does anyone except me feel this thread should be closed?  Every time I hit "show replies or unread posts" this pops up.  I won't be upset if I am the only one that feels this way.  It's just an annoyance to me.  I mean...19 pages....and first post on June 26, 2006!


 :tongue:


This is the best thread in the history of this forum.  We have not only talked about books, but we've talked a lot about life and other matters with a great deal of respect and candor.  If you don't like it, simply skip it. 
  :wave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Novalis on March 21, 2008, 04:57:15 AM
Does anyone except me feel this thread should be closed?

I personally enjoy seeing what folks here are reading. Then again, I'm a bibiophile.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: kevbo on March 21, 2008, 08:19:26 AM
I say leave the thread open - it's not hurting anybody.  Well, I suppose it might be hurting the trees that give us the paper for the books that are purchased as a direct result of recommendations made here...

I'm slooooowly working my way through Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of Western Civilization.  While I think it's remarkably well-written, Gibbon writes as if he's paid per word.  The abridged version I have (no footnotes, 2/3 of the main text cut) is still over 1,200 pages.  I'm on page 200.  My realistic goal is to get to at least to page 500 before I put it down in favor of some mindless detective novel.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on March 21, 2008, 09:37:02 AM
we all make the choice about what threads to read or ignore so leaving this thread won't cause any harm but deleting it just might push me over the edge to jump into a vat of molten lava in the nude.

i credit this thread in part for renewing my love of reading and i find it interesting seeing what other forum members are reading.

The Complete World of Human Evolution  by Chris Stringer and Peter Andrews. 
The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes, Flood, Fire, Famine in the History of Civilization by Richard Firestone, Allen West and Simon Warwick-Smith.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on March 21, 2008, 01:18:13 PM
Does anyone except me feel this thread should be closed?  Every time I hit "show replies or unread posts" this pops up.  I won't be upset if I am the only one that feels this way.  It's just an annoyance to me.  I mean...19 pages....and first post on June 26, 2006!


 :tongue:



My goodness 19 PAGES!!! Do you often have these "concerns" when others seem to be having fun without you? Lie down on the couch and let's talk. It's not like they're real pages, after all.  :winkin:   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: SteveO on March 21, 2008, 02:21:52 PM
Lie down on the couch and let's talk. It's not like they're real pages, after all.  :winkin:   

Yea, after reading the Book Rational Madness. I had to ask myself, Gee, what's it really all about?  :?
But the Couch looks Comfortable :wink:

Speaking of Doctors............I'm off to go have a chat with mine....Question of the day. Why is going back to the University at my age so stressful? Why do I even Care?
See what happens when you read psychology books.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on March 21, 2008, 03:34:08 PM
I say keep the thread open only until we run out of books.............

I just finished "Atonement"    :thumb

I wanted to read the book before the wife dragged me to a theater to see the movie.  I hate to see a movie before I've read the book it was based on.   A great read.     I hear it's a great movie also.

I seem to be a sucker for the "betrayal / redemption" themes I guess.

Just started "The Echomaker".   Too soon to tell if it's going to be worthwhile.

Onward to page 20 !


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on March 21, 2008, 03:37:18 PM
I do not see the rationale in ever closing any thread.  If someone has something to say...why not let them? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on March 21, 2008, 04:02:54 PM
I suppose we could archive it after 25 pages or so and start What Are You Reading II. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Bug on March 21, 2008, 04:46:51 PM
Don't delete this thread - i haven't read it all yet. 

This is my first post on this thread.  I read quite a bit, it kind of goes in spurts.  I just finished reading "The Book of Joby".  It was pretty good - easy reading, but it draws you in.  I liked the story of creation - its a little different.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on March 21, 2008, 04:50:13 PM
I suppose we could archive it after 25 pages or so and start What Are You Reading II. 
No way.  Like you said, duck, it's not like the pages are real anyway.

I for one have really loved the essence of this thread and I've learned a lot from the folks who've posted in it.  I've been turned on to some great books that I would have never read otherwise.  I haven't posted all the books I've read since the thread started, but I've pretty much thrown out here for all to see what hit me one way or another.  I never would have read Steinbeck if it weren't for this thread, and I really enjoyed my Steinbeck detour last year.  

I say let the thread rock and roll its way into the forum history.  If it gets to 100 pages that would be amazing.  

Anyway.....

I just got done with Donald Miller's Through Painted Deserts.  I've read Blue Like Jazz and Searching for God Knows What from him and I liked Deserts way better.  He was way more theological in Jazz and God Knows What, but in Deserts he just gave a really nice, laid back story of his travels once upon a time.  I'm not as hard on him as I once was, but I'm still not a big fan of his theology, but this was a great book, no matter what theology you lean toward.  I highly recommend it.

Also, are there any Loius L'Amour fans here?  My grandfather was a huge fan of his and collected every book L'Amour ever wrote and read them all several times.  I was at my grandmother's the other day and she suggested I give one a try. I'm not really a Western novel kind of guy, but I think it might be a good way to reconnect with my grandfather's memory a bit.  Get inside his head in a way.  He loved those books and always talked about how brilliant of a historian L'Amour was to know all the details like he did.  I grabbed a couple off the shelf, but I can't remember the titles.  I think I'll hit them over the weekend and see what all the fuss is/was about.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on March 21, 2008, 06:05:43 PM
I should have added the winky thingy. Yes, as most of us realize, it's not like they're real pages.

(http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/02/images/20050202-11_p44390-514jpg-772v.jpg) 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on March 22, 2008, 02:28:16 AM
I like the ''Hank the cowdog series'' by John Erickson Book #5 "Faded love" is riotously funny. There is an audio tape version where 2 coyotes sing ''Rotten Meat" it is funny... They are kids books now but that's not how they started. John Erickson is a real cowboy up in the Texas panhandle and he has a degree in Writing of some kind. So some of his books were just classic.  I have read some to my grandkids too.  They are good for comic relief. Danny


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jimmy buffett on March 22, 2008, 08:17:10 PM
Nope - keep it going.  This has become my "go to" resource for finding interesting books that I may not have been aware of.  This is a great resource!

jimmy


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: blued03r on March 22, 2008, 11:46:36 PM
Nope - keep it going.  This has become my "go to" resource for finding interesting books that I may not have been aware of.  This is a great resource!

jimmy
:+1:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: hwoo on March 23, 2008, 05:42:41 AM
New to the forum, I'm current reading my International Business Law book :? :? :?  (i'm a student)

For fun, I'm reading this book titled Blue Like Jazz.  It's a great book, full of short stories.  Ya'll should check it out when you get the chance. 

-Harry


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on March 30, 2008, 04:12:37 AM
Well, I just got finished with my first Louis L'Amour book and I didn't really enjoy it.  I wanted to check one out since my grandfather liked him so much, but I just didn't really connect that well with the style of writing.  To me the story moved along way too fast and the story just wasn't very entertaining to me.  The book was called Under the Sweetwater Rim. 

I'm currently reading The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor and the Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.  I've heard much buzz over the years about Manning's book, so I wanted to check it out. 

This year's reading has been pretty good so far.  Lots of good stuff waiting in the wings too.

 :beer


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on March 30, 2008, 09:01:47 AM
I've just started "Green River, Running Red" by Ann Rule.  It's about the hunt for the green river serial killer and also about the 10th book by her that I've read.  Good reading if you like that sort of thing. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on April 06, 2008, 07:37:13 AM
I agree with Ducktrapper and the crowd above--keep it going until Steve shuts it down! I am learning a lot from you all!
Has anyone read the Neil Peart books? He was (is)the drummer for RUSH. I have looked at his two books and just haven't pulled the trigger.
Also, any of you bookworms finished the 20,000 Roads biography about Parsons?
I have been detoured by some magazines lately. I like most of the Acoustic Guitar Mag content, but usually read all of the Fretboard Journal. The latest has a great interview with Richard Thompson. I also like the new and improved Wired Magazine.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 07, 2008, 08:05:05 PM
Did you know that totalitarianism was originally perceived as a good thing? Progressive president, Woodrow Wilson was all for it! It can't happen here? Have you heard about "war socialism"? Did you know that fascism and bolshevism were pretty much the same thing until Stalin needed enemies? His enemies, such as super commie Leon Trotsky, were suddenly labeled fascist. Suddenly the commusnists started labeling anything they didn't like as fascist and that's pretty much how the word is used today.                 
I just finished and very much enjoyed Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism. I can see some folks getting their shirts in knot over the title but it's not really saying what you may think it is, I dont think. ;)
It's about smiley faced fascism, not rounding up your enemies and invading Poland fascism. Although the ties and shared philosophies through Progressivism might be astonishing.
As a Canadian, I wasn't bothered by the partisan nature of the book but was glad to get a historical (and an easy and entertaining) view of who "invented" it. Who were their influences. Heroes? Where did they get their ideas? Who did they admire? Who admired them? For this reason it's a bit of a must read.
Goldberg's been called a fascist for being a conservative, and justifies the partisanship for this reason and the word is casually thrown around a lot by people who don't know what it actually means. One thing that struck me was the last chapter. It seems "we're all fascists now". The will to power and the urge to totalitarianism exists in everyone.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on April 13, 2008, 01:54:30 AM
I found a couple of old book of short stories, and have been working my way through it, with detours to books by authors I've enjoyed. Biggest detours so far have been Somerset Maugham and Oscar Wilde. I gave up the computer for Lent, so have had quite a bit of extra time to read.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on April 13, 2008, 04:31:33 AM
I've just started 'Guitar making: Tradition and Technology' by Cumpiano and Natelson.
Also about to start the notorious 'The Stranger' by Camus.

I found a couple of old book of short stories, and have been working my way through it, with detours to books by authors I've enjoyed. Biggest detours so far have been Somerset Maugham and Oscar Wilde. I gave up the computer for Lent, so have had quite a bit of extra time to read.

Deb

What have you been reading of Maugham's? If you were to look back through the post in this thread you'd see he's one of my favorites.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on April 13, 2008, 05:58:43 AM
Mostly short stories (I found a boxed set of his complete short stories). I really like the satirical ones best. I also like the Ashenden stories. Also The Moon and Sixpence, Cakes and Ale, and Up at the Villa. I have seen the movie "The Razor's Edge," so I haven't read that one yet. I really should read Of Human Bondage while I still am on this kick. One year I read everything of Steinbeck I could get my hands on. Once it was Ray Bradbury. I tend to do that.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on April 14, 2008, 05:03:18 PM
Mostly short stories (I found a boxed set of his complete short stories). I really like the satirical ones best. I also like the Ashenden stories. Also The Moon and Sixpence, Cakes and Ale, and Up at the Villa. I have seen the movie "The Razor's Edge," so I haven't read that one yet. I really should read Of Human Bondage while I still am on this kick. One year I read everything of Steinbeck I could get my hands on. Once it was Ray Bradbury. I tend to do that.

Deb

Deb, you are over my head. I thought it was just Ducktrapper and Creature, :bgrin: but now I see you are a bookworm as well as a guitar worm! I really didn't start reading until I got out of high school. Now, I wish my teachers would have forced me to read the classics.
This is all good stuff. I have quite a "to read" section, or maybe pile is a better word, of my room!
Speaking of...
Does anyone else use old concert tickets for bookmarks? You can get them laminated at Kinkos and they work great!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 14, 2008, 10:45:09 PM
Fred - I didn't "really" start reading till my 30's.  I still don't consider myself a "bookworm", but do read each day.  I've got a bro-in-law that reads 2 and 3 books a week.  Wish I could keep up with him. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 14, 2008, 10:48:49 PM
. Once it was Ray Bradbury.
I did that with Steinbeck last year.  Wow, what a ride!  Bradbury's on my list as one of the next.  So many books, so little time.... 
 :cheers


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 14, 2008, 11:31:17 PM
I've been a voracious reader since I was 5 or 6. No matter how many books I read though my "to read list" is always longer still. I figure maybe I'll live forever as long as there's a great novel I haven't gotten to yet. That's what I'm saving Proust for, I guess.  :laughin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: joethedestroyer on April 14, 2008, 11:46:16 PM
my fiance can go on book-buying binges and think nothing of it....  going through several books each week..  and she calls this guitar habit expensive... :humour:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 15, 2008, 12:31:28 AM
Books can get expensive for sure.  One of the best things I ever got for myself was a library card.  :thumb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on April 21, 2008, 09:33:49 PM
I finished the Stranger last week sometime. It was ok, not great, not bad.

Cumpiano's 'Guitar Making' is slightly disappointing not because of the lack of info but because they use such non-mainstream methods of doing things like no body mould, pinned neck, the kerf linings are removed in sections and replaced by new sections above the braces rather than just cut out part of the lining for the brace ends.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 21, 2008, 10:32:31 PM
I finished the Stranger last week sometime. It was ok, not great, not bad.


I found that one in the "classic" section of the library last year.  I've said it before here, but that was the worst book I've ever read.  Very few books do I consider a complete waste of my time, but that was one of them. 

I've been reading Flannery O'Connor's short stories of late.  I found a volume containing all of them and am really enjoying them.  If you like slightly disturbing stories, then these are great. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on April 26, 2008, 04:05:07 AM
Right now I'm reading Catch 22. I can't decide if I like Heller's writing style, but some of his stuff is so funny I have to read it out loud to my hubby & daughter! After reading reviews which reference this book when comparing another to it, I decided I really should read the original. I'm a huge patron of used book stores. Our library here really leaves a lot to be desired, if you like to read anything except "chick lit" and anything on Oprah's reading list. They do have an enormous computer room, and lots of CDs and DVDs.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 26, 2008, 04:39:50 AM
They do have an enormous computer room, and lots of CDs and DVDs.

Deb
That's the crazy thing about our library as well.  All the aisles of books are pretty empty with people, but there will be a line to use the computers. 
 :wacko:
Oh well, more roaming room for the creature.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 26, 2008, 12:11:55 PM
Right now I'm reading Catch 22. I can't decide if I like Heller's writing style, but some of his stuff is so funny I have to read it out loud to my hubby & daughter! After reading reviews which reference this book when comparing another to it, I decided I really should read the original. I'm a huge patron of used book stores. Our library here really leaves a lot to be desired, if you like to read anything except "chick lit" and anything on Oprah's reading list. They do have an enormous computer room, and lots of CDs and DVDs.

Deb

Catch 22 ranks as one of my favourite novels. Brilliant satire and screamingly funny. Have you met the soldier in white yet?   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on April 26, 2008, 04:17:29 PM
That's the crazy thing about our library as well.  All the aisles of books are pretty empty with people, but there will be a line to use the computers. 
 :wacko:
Oh well, more roaming room for the creature.

The problem isn't the absence of people, but of books. They cleaned out all of the "old books" a few years ago, and never replaced them. They will get a book in if you fill out an order form, but books are one thing I hate to wait for when I'm in the mood to read one. They only had one Oscar Wilde book (Dorian Gray), a couple of Steinbeck (East of Eden & Grapes of Wrath), 2 Somerset Maugham books, no Proust, very little Hemingway, you get the picture. Now, if your taste runs to Danielle Steele, you're in luck. Sigh. Lots of roaming room, but no reason to roam.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on April 26, 2008, 04:34:28 PM
Now, if your taste runs to Danielle Steele, you're in luck. Sigh.

It's bad enough that few people read books, it was real sad though when I realized most people are reading stuff like this.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 26, 2008, 05:05:36 PM
Yeah, there is a lot of junk on the shelves of the libraries, unfortunately.  I got into audiobooks a couple years ago for my drivetime, and 9 out of 10 of the a-books at our library are crap like Danielle Steel or some other sub-par rag from the NY Times best-seller list.  They have a "classic" a-book section that is really small, but I did get to go through a few good ones that they had.  And the strange thing is even the huge library downtown in Fort Worth has  a lousy selection of a-books.  They have a TON of old ones on cassette, but they seem to not have upgraded the CD sectoin very well.  They do have a great music selection and just about every book you could ever want to read though.  And if they don't have it, the UT library in Arlington normally will.  I think I only bought one book last year and I read about 50. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on April 26, 2008, 09:31:55 PM
Catch 22 ranks as one of my favourite novels. Brilliant satire and screamingly funny. Have you met the soldier in white yet?   

Duck, have you read Closing Time yet? I just found it (at a used bookstore--our library didn't even have Catch 22) and picked it up. I'm about 1/2 way through Catch 22. I can't read it without laughing, which makes it a bad choice for quiet venues!

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on April 26, 2008, 11:39:07 PM
Duck and Deb,
I have to  :+1: Catch-22. One of the neat things about this thread is it's like a trip down memory lane with references to Kurt Vonnegut etc  (one of the favourite authors of my youth). I remember reading Catch-22 when I was ~17 and just loved it, funniest book I'd ever read and a short time later the movie came out and I was so excited to revisit the book through the movie and was really disappointed with the movie.. I realized at that point that although movies are fun the medium just doesn't compare with the printed one.. for me at any rate.
Cheers,
Rob


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on April 27, 2008, 12:08:37 AM
I realized at that point that although movies are fun the medium just doesn't compare with the printed one.. for me at any rate.
Cheers,
Rob

I think the only movies I have liked  slightly more than the books have been "Princess Bride" and "Stardust." Usually the movies are a letdown directly proportional to how much I loved the book!

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Novalis on April 27, 2008, 12:26:57 AM
I found that one in the "classic" section of the library last year.  I've said it before here, but that was the worst book I've ever read.  Very few books do I consider a complete waste of my time, but that was one of them. 

I've heard a couple other folks who have felt the same way about The Stranger. Are you familiar with the historical background of that novel? People who read it today often don't understand the historical signifigance which, once one understands the situation in which it was written, is quite important. The fact that he was found guilty of murder at the end would have completely shocked most of the readers when it was first published and the seemingly detached manner of the "writer" was intentional and had great impact due to his not mentioning, at any time, the occupation.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on April 27, 2008, 12:58:54 AM
Novalis, the 'philosophy' was intersting but I don't really know if the writing was all that. Perhaps it was more psychology than art.



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I realized at that point that although movies are fun the medium just doesn't compare with the printed one.. for me at any rate.

I sorta agree, what makes a book good usually can't be captured in movie format. There's no narrator to give insight to what the characters are thinking - among other things. But there are some great movies that would make poor novels.





Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eksjo on April 27, 2008, 03:22:35 AM
Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Steelers and the NFL


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on April 27, 2008, 05:10:02 AM
Mistaken Identity; Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by the families of Laura Van Ryn and Whitney Cerak. 
the true story taken from the headlines of these two families ordeal with mistaken identity of their daughters.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 27, 2008, 06:09:59 AM
I've heard a couple other folks who have felt the same way about The Stranger. Are you familiar with the historical background of that novel? People who read it today often don't understand the historical signifigance which, once one understands the situation in which it was written, is quite important. The fact that he was found guilty of murder at the end would have completely shocked most of the readers when it was first published and the seemingly detached manner of the "writer" was intentional and had great impact due to his not mentioning, at any time, the occupation.
I didn't/don't know the history of the story, and I don't know that much about the author, but I just found the story completely uninteresting and thoroughly pointless, which was probably the point in some ways given the author's personal philosophy.  I guess I just didn't get it, but that's ok.  No harm done either way. People like what they like and don't like what they don't like.  I don't "get" Bob Dylan either, but many folks do.  And the beat goes on.....


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 27, 2008, 11:11:20 AM
Creature - I could help you get Bob Dylan.
Deb - I have read Closing Time and everything else Heller's written in hopes they'd come up to the level of C-22. Closing Time is much different kind of book and unfortunately it's actually nothing like C-22. Good as Gold is his next funniest story, I suppose. He becomes more like Philip Roth in his other books. Maybe of more interest to Jewish readers than me.   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on April 27, 2008, 02:58:34 PM
Creature - I could help you get Bob Dylan.
Deb - I have read Closing Time and everything else Heller's written in hopes they'd come up to the level of C-22. Closing Time is much different kind of book and unfortunately it's actually nothing like C-22. Good as Gold is his next funniest story, I suppose. He becomes more like Philip Roth in his other books. Maybe of more interest to Jewish readers than me.   

I've read a couple of reviews that say the same thing. Some authors are able to delight me time and again, and some have only one book... I'll probably read it (or at least start it) mainly out of curiosity. I've tried to like Philip Roth, but couldn't manage it. My favorite Jewish authors are Chaim Potok, Herman Wouk and Leon Uris. I've read quite a bit of them.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 27, 2008, 03:14:27 PM
I've read a couple of reviews that say the same thing. Some authors are able to delight me time and again, and some have only one book... I'll probably read it (or at least start it) mainly out of curiosity. I've tried to like Philip Roth, but couldn't manage it. My favorite Jewish authors are Chaim Potok, Herman Wouk and Leon Uris. I've read quite a bit of them.

Deb

Try Saul Bellow. If you liked C22 you will love Henderson the Rain King.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 27, 2008, 06:24:32 PM
Creature - I could help you get Bob Dylan.
 
I'm open to that.  Hit me.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 27, 2008, 06:37:02 PM
I'm open to that.  Hit me.

Alright here's how we'll do it. You tell me your five or ten favourite songs and singers/groups. Since I have everything the man ever recorded, I will design the perfect 10-15 song personalized Bob Dylan CD and send it to you. How's that sound? We'll need to exchange email and addresses on the message forum. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 27, 2008, 07:27:26 PM
Alright here's how we'll do it. You tell me your five or ten favourite songs and singers/groups. Since I have everything the man ever recorded, I will design the perfect 10-15 song personalized Bob Dylan CD and send it to you. How's that sound? We'll need to exchange email and addresses on the message forum. 
Ok, let me think that over and I'll get back with you. 
 :wave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 27, 2008, 09:07:03 PM
Sure.  :cheers


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Fredmando on April 29, 2008, 06:17:43 PM
Hey Duck, you are performing an important public service!
A friend of mine kept on me for years until I understood Bob Dylan.
Then, I was like "what was I missing!"
I am betting Creature will thank you for your kindness. If nothing else, you have to be
drawn into the history surrounding Bob Dylan. My wife tries to make fun of his voice, but
he makes fun of his voice in interviews--so that argument doesn't work with me any more! :roll
----------------------------------------------

Keep up the great thread. I saw a copy--the thick edition--of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo on a colleague's desk the other day. Wow, that really took me back to a good time in my life. The story is quite intense, but historically accurate and many people think it is non-fiction. That was one of my favorite reads of all time. I liked the touring Broadway musical version of the play, but the book is awesome.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on April 29, 2008, 09:47:25 PM
If nothing else, you have to be drawn into the history surrounding Bob Dylan.

I'm a fan but I get so tired of that aspect but then again I didn't grow up in that era.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 29, 2008, 10:38:15 PM
Just to be clear, I'm not saying that Dylan sucks or that he's not a great songwriter.  I just have never really connected well with his music.  The only CD I have by him is Blonde on Blonde, and while there are some good songs, I find it doesn't get much rotation. 

Books:  I'm still going through Flannery O'Connor's complete volume of short stories.  If you've never read "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" I recommend it.  Especially if you like disturbing fiction. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 30, 2008, 08:23:59 PM
Since Bob inspired almost everyone whom everyone likes even if they (think they) don't like Bob Dylan this shouldn't be that hard a task. As Warren Zevon said on Letterman, "He (Dylan) invented my job."   
What I've been able to do is connect folks with the Dylan they've never heard or at least haven't listened to very closely. Instead of shoving songs you don't like at you, I believe I can put together a program that will have you saying, "I didn't know he did that!" The thing is that folks who don't like Dylan haven't bothered to explore much of his catalogue. They're justifiably tired of "How does it feeeeeeel?" and "Lay Lady Laaaay" however.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Malachi Irl on May 02, 2008, 08:31:55 PM
Duck,

I'm markedly intrigued in the 10 to 15 Dylan songs that you vested to - the creature - on the perimeters given.
I think (?) I have Dylan's catalog, 33 releases (Biograph's  3 cd's counted as 1 release).
No qualms to you but, genuinely interested in your train of thought.

Creature,

Your particulars in this matter are of preeminent import. For Duck to show coherent lineage (my presumption) and my constitutionally guaranteed-though limited right of pursuit of happiness.  :humour:

Duck, we're somewhat on the same page in the varied posts I've read of yours. But, I hold to the proverb: As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Posts without dross? How could any Forum survive? again  :humour:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: mika on May 02, 2008, 08:58:38 PM
I'm ashamed to admit that I don't read for pleasure (except for Sports Illustrated).  I read for knowledge (my other hobby is coaching sports).  I am currently re-reading The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on May 02, 2008, 09:53:27 PM
Duck,

I'm markedly intrigued in the 10 to 15 Dylan songs that you vested to - the creature - on the perimeters given.
I think (?) I have Dylan's catalog, 33 releases (Biograph's  3 cd's counted as 1 release).
No qualms to you but, genuinely interested in your train of thought.

Creature,

Your particulars in this matter are of preeminent import. For Duck to show coherent lineage (my presumption) and my constitutionally guaranteed-though limited right of pursuit of happiness.  :humour:

Duck, we're somewhat on the same page in the varied posts I've read of yours. But, I hold to the proverb: As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Posts without dross? How could any Forum survive? again  :humour:

Yep 33, 34 if you count Dylan (Columbia's Revenge), the Gaslight Tapes plus 3 Best ofs, numerous live recordings, Biograph, The Bootleg Series volumes 1-7 and some cute little odds and ends that a friend of mine has given me. This friend, perhaps, the world's biggest Dylan fan has literally everything Dylan has ever done. I mean thousands of Dylan CDs and videos. He's written a book annotating all of Dylan's performances. Dylan was once asked about it. He said he wasn't interested in seeing where he'd been but if you had one that showed where he was going ...
 
http://www.binary-design.com/tangled/

Read the reviews. Tony Glover, Minneapolis harp player, formerly of Koerner, Glover and Ray is my brush with greatness. I have a recording of me singing Silvio and Leopardskin Pillbox Hat with Tony jamming on harp. Hey and I even worked in a fitting way to tout my friend's book!  :laughin:

I haven't heard back from creature yet. It is interesting. I hope I can actually pull it off.  :laughin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Malachi Irl on May 02, 2008, 11:47:38 PM
mika,

You state that you don't read for pleasure but for knowledge, curiously suspect. Knowledge begs the epistemological question of validity. Only after necessary but tedious logical exchanges does one after excruciating minutiae arrive at, not truth, but, ones axiom.

The terms Truth and Axiom are not synonymous.

I got the pick, if you got the shovel,

SPW


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: mika on May 03, 2008, 02:26:41 AM
Quote
You state that you don't read for pleasure but for knowledge, curiously suspect. Knowledge begs the epistemological question of validity. Only after necessary but tedious logical exchanges does one after excruciating minutiae arrive at, not truth, but, ones axiom.

The terms Truth and Axiom are not synonymous.

I got the pick, if you got the shovel,


huh?  :?  I have no idea what any of that means, I can't even pronounce half those words.  episte-what?

I guess what I meant to say is that I don't read novels, or fiction as some of the posters that are naming favorite authors.  The last novel I read was in college (a few decades ago).   I do read.  It's baseball season, so I just re-read The Mental Side of Hitting by Mike Epstein and am currently reading The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams.  During football season I read up on zone blocking fundamentals and the nuances of the wing T. 

aloha


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on May 03, 2008, 03:44:51 AM
mika, those reading novels aren't necessarily reading for pleasure; perhaps 'knowledge'.

Irl,
an axiom by definition is truth.

axiom - "a self-evident truth", "a statement accepted as true as the basis for argument or inference"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 03, 2008, 05:41:59 AM


I haven't heard back from creature yet. It is interesting. I hope I can actually pull it off.  :laughin:
duck - I'm not blowing you off.  I've just been slammed and haven't had much time online. I am interested though.

On reading:  I don't think not reading is something to be ashamed of, but rather it's that a person who doesn't read really is missing some great stuff.  I talk to lots of folks who don't read and don't know where to start.  I tell them all the same thing, which is the thing that got me HOOKED a few years ago:  old American short stories.  There are many books in the half-price shops and the local libraries that have volumes of these.  Washington Irving (Devil and Tom Walker, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, et al) is a really good place to start in particular. 

FWIW


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Malachi Irl on May 03, 2008, 06:32:01 PM
jeremy,

Under definitions of Philosophical Terms:

"axiom
A proposition formally accepted without demonstration, proof, or evidence as one of the starting-points for the systematic derivation of an organized body of knowledge."

An axiom by definition is undemonstrable.

"truth
The conformity of a proposition to the way things are. Precise analysis of the nature of truth is the subject of the correspondence, coherence, pragmatic, redundancy, and semantic theories of truth."


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on May 03, 2008, 10:54:10 PM
the defintion you gave doesn't say an axiom is indemonstrable.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Malachi Irl on May 04, 2008, 01:17:30 AM
axiom
Encyclopædia Britannica Article
            
in logic, an indemonstrable first principle, rule, or maxim, that has found general acceptance or is thought worthy of common acceptance whether by virtue of a claim to intrinsic merit or on the basis of an appeal to self-evidence. An example would be: “Nothing can both be and not be at the same time and in the same respect.”


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on May 04, 2008, 05:39:53 AM
axiom
Encyclopædia Britannica Article
            
in logic, an indemonstrable first principle, rule, or maxim, that has found general acceptance or is thought worthy of common acceptance whether by virtue of a claim to intrinsic merit or on the basis of an appeal to self-evidence. An example would be: “Nothing can both be and not be at the same time and in the same respect.”

That's better.  :winkin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bearsville0 on May 04, 2008, 06:12:01 PM

"axiom
A proposition formally accepted without demonstration, proof, or evidence as one of the starting-points for the systematic derivation of an organized body of knowledge."

An axiom by definition is undemonstrable.

That's why I never did well in Math...just couldn't agree to abide by those undemonstrable axioms.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: djsonovox on May 13, 2008, 02:09:08 AM
Frankenstein: A Cultural History
by Susan Tyler Hitchcock.

Recently read:

Paul Blaisedell, Forgotten Monster Maker

and

Jack Pierce, Makeup Genius.

Do I need to add, I'm a monster movie fan and former makeup FX artist??
Photo is of my EC Horror host busts and the Karloff "BRIDE" bust I did in 1975.
Time flies--like an arrow (fruit flies like a banana!)

Doug Jones

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Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 13, 2008, 04:57:25 PM
Just read Prince Caspian by CS Lewis in preperation for the movie this Friday.  GREAT book!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on June 08, 2008, 08:10:53 PM
Just finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I really enjoyed it. I've always loved circus novels, and this is one of the best I've read. I've been reading an anthology of Science Fiction short stories that has been pretty good. Some are amazing, like Green is the Color by John Ford. I've been on a real short story kick since January.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on June 09, 2008, 06:17:58 AM
Desparate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey west by Ethan Rarick
Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into The 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body by Neal Shubin

currently reading Timeline by Michael Crichton


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on June 10, 2008, 11:42:32 PM
Truman by David McCullough



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: limnephilidae on June 17, 2008, 10:56:06 PM
Currently in progress....

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
Evolution in Four Dimensions by Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb
Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan by Howard Sounes

Read on...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on June 18, 2008, 11:42:12 AM
Im exchange for getting him to read Mark Steyn's America Alone my friend has insisted that I read Frank Rich's The Greatest Story Ever Sold. This is torture and so far Frank Rich has convinced me that he's the idiot in this story but ... I'm trying. Turn around is fair play but America Alone is a better book and actually uses facts to back up the argument. Rich should try that approach. Over 200 pages of outright opinion is tiring when he's not convincing and has nothing but more opinion to back it up his "everyone agrees" arguments.       


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: geei on June 23, 2008, 12:13:51 AM
My Life In and Out of the Rough - John Daly

I'm  also addicted to golf.

But I don't really recommend the book.   It gets very redundant.




Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: geei on June 23, 2008, 12:17:21 AM
I do, however, recommend my last read.  Shooter - by Sgt. Jack Coughlin and Capt. Casey Kuhlman

Marine Sniper Book.  Autobiography


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Kona on June 23, 2008, 06:14:26 PM
Currently reading Walden by Thoreau, next is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  Quite a jump!   :tongue:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on June 23, 2008, 06:29:20 PM
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
From Publishers Weekly:
Journalist Bergreen, who has penned biographies of James Agee, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin and Al Capone, superbly recreates Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan's obsessive 16th-century quest, an ill-fated journey that altered Europe's perception of the planet: "It was a dream as old as the imagination: a voyage to the ends of the earth.... Mariners feared they could literally sail over the edge of the world." In 2001, Bergreen traveled the South American strait that bears Magellan's name, and he adds to that firsthand knowledge satellite images of Magellan's route plus international archival research. His day-by-day account incorporates the testimony of sailors, Francisco Albo's pilot's log and the eyewitness accounts of Venetian scholar Antonio Pigafetta, who was on the journey. Magellan's mission for Spain was to find a water route to the fabled Spice Islands, and in 1519, the Armada de Molucca (five ships and some 260 sailors) sailed into the pages of history. Many misfortunes befell the expedition, including the brutal killing of Magellan in the Philippines. Three years later, one weather-beaten ship, "a vessel of desolation and anguish," returned to Spain with a skeleton crew of 18, yet "what a story those few survivors had to tell-a tale of mutiny, of orgies on distant shores, and of the exploration of the entire globe," providing proof that the world was round. Illuminating the Age of Discovery, Bergreen writes this powerful tale of adventure with a strong presence and rich detail.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: buzzard on June 26, 2008, 03:38:23 AM
I just finished The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman and Odd Hours by Dean Koontz.  The former was an incredible manifesto, and the latter really needs a more thoughtful ending.

I'm starting A Drug War Carol by Susan W. Wells and The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on June 30, 2008, 01:06:19 AM
Finished A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Currently reading The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 02, 2008, 10:35:58 PM
Finally finished Flannery O'Connor's complete book of short stories.  It was really good.  Excellent in many places, in fact.

I'm currently reading The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger.  It's a classic, but it's my first go round with it.  Good stuff so far.  I'm about half-way through it. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on July 04, 2008, 05:01:22 AM
I just started Science and Sanity, it seems pretty complex. It's always strange to read scientific books from other eras.

I also bought Huckleberry Finn. I think both Dylan and Hemingway refer to it as the great American novel or something like that. Those are pretty good endorsements.

Here it is... “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn.’  There was nothing before.  And there has been nothing as good since.” from the Green Hills of Africa. I still can't remember what Dylan said, oh well.




Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 05, 2008, 06:19:11 AM
Finished Catcher in the Rye.  Great book.  I'll probably read it again sometime in the future.

I'm continuing on my Salinger journey with 9 Stories, which is a little book of his short stories.  The first one was really bizarre, which is right up my alley.

I've started and never finished Huck Finn before.  Maybe I'll take a closer look.  That was a while back and I guess I wasn't in the mood.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Buckeye67 on July 05, 2008, 10:46:55 AM
I'm currently reading Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of Brothers by Lynn "Buck" Compton.

Great book so far, if you're a Band of Brothers (the WW2 HBO mini-series) fan, I recommend giving it a read.  :thumb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Capodave on July 05, 2008, 02:45:02 PM
 America The Last Best Hope by William Bennett.
 It's a great read for American History
Dave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 05, 2008, 03:54:55 PM
America The Last Best Hope by William Bennett.
 It's a great read for American History
Dave
I may check this one out.  I have a copy of The Book of Virtues and like it alot. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bearsville0 on July 06, 2008, 06:42:59 PM
I just started Science and Sanity, it seems pretty complex. It's always strange to read scientific books from other eras.


 :+1:

The map is not the territory.

Are you familier with Gregory Bateson?He brought those ideas into the seventies.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on July 06, 2008, 09:13:36 PM
:+1:

The map is not the territory.

Are you familier with Gregory Bateson?He brought those ideas into the seventies.

I'm not familar with him but believe I've heard of him.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bearsville0 on July 06, 2008, 10:14:00 PM
I'm not familar with him but believe I've heard of him.

If you like the Korzybski, Bateson is an easier read, Try "Mind and Nature" or the collection of his published works "Steps to an Ecology of Mind"

Enjoy.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Makarovii on July 12, 2008, 05:56:18 AM
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (http://www.amazon.com/Postwar-History-Europe-Since-1945/dp/0143037757/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1EIQ2VG8VUEF&colid=Q8CUNRK54HRM) is on the backburner while I finish The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Man-History-Great-Depression/dp/0060936428/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215841966&sr=1-1). I still have a stack of books my wife got me last Christmas that I haven't finished yet.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 12, 2008, 05:28:06 PM
Currently reading Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck.  I'm having a great time with this one.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jcbuggs on July 14, 2008, 06:55:34 PM
I just finished Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPhearson. It's an excellent history of the Civil War, including the social, economic and social backgrounds and impacts. I highly recomend it. Its amazing how much you don't learn at school.....

I am now looking for a similar history of the American Revolutionary War. After seeing the HBO series on John Adams, I read his bio and one on John Quincy Adams. It has peaked my interest to learn more about the war.

Any recomendations??

Joe


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Makarovii on July 15, 2008, 05:45:58 AM
I just finished Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPhearson. It's an excellent history of the Civil War, including the social, economic and social backgrounds and impacts. I highly recomend it. Its amazing how much you don't learn at school.....

I am now looking for a similar history of the American Revolutionary War. After seeing the HBO series on John Adams, I read his bio and one on John Quincy Adams. It has peaked my interest to learn more about the war.

Any recomendations??

Joe

I haven't read any one general history of the American Revolutionary War but can recommend anything by Richard M. Ketchum. I have two of his books on the Revolutionary War including:

Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution (http://www.amazon.com/Victory-Yorktown-Campaign-That-Revolution/dp/0805073965/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216099650&sr=1-2)

Decisive Day: The Battle for Bunker Hill  (http://www.amazon.com/Decisive-Day-Battle-Bunker-Hill/dp/0805060995/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216099719&sr=1-3)

I plan on reading his other books on the topic. Click on the links above and you can follow other links on Amazon.com to the rest of his titles.

Another book, A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens by Lawrence E. Babits  (http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Whipping-Battle-Cowpens/dp/080784926X/ref=pd_sbs_b_9), is another good read.

I have a few titles by David McCullough and plan on buying his bio of John Adams along with the DVD set, having missed the show on TV. McCullogh may be my favorite biographer.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on July 15, 2008, 11:32:10 PM
Currently reading Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck.  I'm having a great time with this one.

I love Steinbeck, and that is one of my favorites! Quite unlike most of his others. Have you read Log from the Sea of Cortez? That's another one of his travel books. I liked it quite a bit.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 16, 2008, 02:59:06 AM
I love Steinbeck, and that is one of my favorites! Quite unlike most of his others. Have you read Log from the Sea of Cortez? That's another one of his travel books. I liked it quite a bit.

Deb
No, I've not read that one, but plan to.  I, like you, am finding Travels much different than his other work.  Obviously because the other is all fiction, I suppose.  But this one is a really nice peek into Steinbeck's opinions and convictions.  I really love the part where he goes into how he stayed off the interstates, because they tend to make one think of ones self, since there is little scenery and all there is to do in focus inward.  But he preferred to stay off the "super highways" (nobody uses that term anymore) and keep to the smaller, slower roads where he could see things and experience the country.  That section of the book really knocked me out.  I also find it extremely odd that nobody recognized him, especially since the Grapes of Wrath was required reading in many schools.  But I suppose the world was a bit larger in those days, what without the internet and the all-access TV shows.  I bet he had a blast on that trip. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on July 16, 2008, 04:42:04 AM
Travels with Charley is on my list of books to reread. It's been almost 18 years since I've read a lot of Steinbeck. I've been reading a lot of fiction lately. Just about time to switch gears again.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 16, 2008, 04:43:38 AM
Travels with Charley is on my list of books to reread. It's been almost 18 years since I've read a lot of Steinbeck. I've been reading a lot of fiction lately. Just about time to switch gears again.

Deb
I read East of Eden last year and it was the best book I've ever read. Period.  That one is likely to go into my annual rotation, along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Novalis on July 20, 2008, 07:48:53 AM
I just started Science and Sanity, it seems pretty complex. It's always strange to read scientific books from other eras.

It might seem a bit intimidating at first (it's practically a doorstop), but once you get going it's hard to put down. Probably the most important book I've ever read.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: canoe65 on July 23, 2008, 05:06:40 PM
Right now I'm reading the bestseller, "This Is Your Brain On Music" by Daniel Levitin.

Maybe it will give me some insight as to what happens to everybody's faces when I begin to play.    :arrow


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 23, 2008, 07:27:34 PM
I don't read much sci-fi anymore but am just finishing Dan Simmons' Olympos, sequel to Ilium, and it is fabulous. I'll be sorry to have it end and there's no bigger compliment to give a book.   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: drathbun on July 26, 2008, 05:20:33 PM
Just finished Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" and Stephen Brunt's "Facing Ali". I'm just starting Angelo Dundee's "My View From the Corner".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on July 26, 2008, 05:45:20 PM
Just finished in the past couple of months:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly...............Jean-Dominique Bauby
When You Are Engulfed In Flames............David Sedaris
A Wolf at the Table................................Agusten Burroughs
How To Be Good................................... Nick Hornby

Up next..........re-read Sometimes a Great Notion..................Ken Kesey


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on July 27, 2008, 03:01:00 PM
just finished Huckleberry Finn. It was surprisingly good. I thought it was going to be a casual read but it was a powerful book.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Trinity Guitars on July 27, 2008, 07:52:55 PM

bible - various authors

Very coll way to put that.

  Just finished "Three Cups of Tea".   Very good book a must read on many levels.
reading now  "Under the Banner of Heaven". Shocking for me to read for sure. Good job handling the material. I like Jon Krankauer's style.
  Next on the list "Into The Wild" another Krankauer book.  Already read his " Into Thin Air" Read it on the plane on the way to Africa to climb Kilimanjaro!
Jim Holler


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Trinity Guitars on July 27, 2008, 08:00:07 PM
I love Steinbeck, and that is one of my favorites! Quite unlike most of his others. Have you read Log from the Sea of Cortez? That's another one of his travel books. I liked it quite a bit.

Deb

  i to enjoy Stienbeck alot. I have not read "Log from the Sea of Cortez"  I need to look that one up.
Jim Holler


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on July 27, 2008, 08:03:25 PM
Just starting the current issue of "The Fretboard Journal"  As it says on the cover  NOT JUST ANOTHER GUITAR MAGAZINE.
                                 A nice article called "Chief,cook, bottle washer" is on JCL and Larrivee, very nice pictures and subject matter.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on July 30, 2008, 11:59:44 PM
Just read Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris. It was very good. Difficult to put down. I'm currently in the middle of Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. I'm enjoying it so far.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bhika on July 31, 2008, 05:48:18 PM
I'm about half way thru "The Devil in the White City" by Eric Larson. Very good read about the 1893 World's Fair and America's First Serial killer.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 31, 2008, 10:36:02 PM
I took it really slow with Steinbeck's Travels with Charley and really loved it.  I got a recent edition, which included an alternate ended, which was a first for me in the world of books, but it was a nice surprise.  I like the ending he went with in the main edition, but it was fun to read the alternate.

I'm about to start Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: eor on August 15, 2008, 03:17:49 AM
ok, i finally got back on (or off?) the wagon and finished another book.

love in the time of cholera - gabriel garcia marquez

anyone familiar with it?  i came to find a movie version came out last year, but i heard it sucked hard.  i'll look into it.  that said, the book was great.  he's my 2nd favorite author, so i was bound to like it, but it isn't my favorite thing he's done.  it's sweeter and more romantic than his other stuff i've read, but still very much in his "style".  one of his better works, surely.

on deck- i don't know.  i have a copy of 1984 sitting around, but i read it before years ago.  maybe i should poke around or get around to finally re-reading some of the stuff i didn't get too much the first time around.

love,
eor


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: robv on August 19, 2008, 11:40:09 PM
Love in the Time of Cholera is a great book. His other masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude is a must read. Lately I've been enjoying Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loanna by Umberto Eco and Exit Music by Ian Rankin. A book by Anne Michaelst,hat I really enjoyed 8-10 years ago is coming out in a movie this fall called Fugitive Pieces . I'm hoping that it's a good movie and I wish she'd write another novel.
Rob


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on August 20, 2008, 04:47:25 AM
I just finished Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21730 Pages by Ammon Shea. Also Coastliners by Joanne Harris (I've been on a Joanne Harris kick of late). I'm currently rereading The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tonejones on August 20, 2008, 08:53:48 PM
The "New York Trilogy" by Paul Auster...post-modern noir at its finest.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 20, 2008, 10:32:54 PM
I'm in the middle of Letters to Malcolm by CS Lewis. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: gluve1 on August 21, 2008, 01:07:10 AM
I just bought and am about to read The Shack. By William P. Young. Eugene Peterson who wrote the Message paraphrase of the BIBLE.(a real down to earth version) said it could be the next Pilgrim's Progress. And the head of the Southern Baptist Convention said it was harrisay. I figure it has to be interesting.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: omozom on August 21, 2008, 01:19:50 AM
Well I finally made my way through all 25 pages of this thread. A book in itself.
There are some great suggestions and I have added considerably to my own list.
I am particularly surprised yet excited to see so many references to Steinbeck. I read many of his while in high school and always enjoyed him. Might have to go back and see what the years, experiences, insights might add to my enjoyment of his work.
This is a great thread and I think it should stay around and run it's course.
my own tastes run a bit esoteric and lean heavily to non fiction.
Anywayere is what I have been reading:

The Kite Runner................................... Khaled Hosseini  absolutely loved this and couldn't put it down
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Robert M. Persig got it for my son and decided to reread it myself

Islam and the West................................Bernard Lewis essays by Professor of Near East Studies Princeton   University
Longitudes & Latitudes............................Thomas L. Friedman essays by Foreign Affairs columnist N.Y.Times
Madame Secretary.................................Madeleine Albright A Memoir by Secretary of State
and I have just started
This Wheels on Fire The story of the Band  by Levon Helm with Stephen Davis


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 21, 2008, 02:53:44 AM
I just bought and am about to read The Shack. By William P. Young. Eugene Peterson who wrote the Message paraphrase of the BIBLE.(a real down to earth version) said it could be the next Pilgrim's Progress. And the head of the Southern Baptist Convention said it was harrisay. I figure it has to be interesting.
With that kind of buzz surrounding it, it does sound interesting.  I'm not a huge fan of Peterson's work, but I'm not going to slam him for getting his Message (lame pun intended) out there.  I'm going to look into this book. 

omozom:  Wow, you read the whole thread?  Impressive. All the talk about Steinbeck here really got me into him as well.  East of Eden was my introduction to the man and his work and I've thoroughly enjoyed every one of his books that I've picked up.  I've been on a bit of a CS Lewis kick, which at this point almost seems too trendy considering his recent reemergence to fame, but the man was an intellectual giant and a brilliant mind.  I'm not sure that I grasp even half of what he was trying to communicate in his books, but I sure try. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on August 21, 2008, 04:14:55 AM
creature,

it does smack of heresy, though that is trendy among both contemporary/post-modern "believers" and nonbelievers alike.  With so much great material out there, I just cannot see why it would be worth wasting my time. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 21, 2008, 04:45:05 AM
creature,

it does smack of heresy, though that is trendy among both contemporary/post-modern "believers" and nonbelievers alike.  With so much great material out there, I just cannot see why it would be worth wasting my time. 
Good points.  It's just that I've never heard of it and might like to take a closer look.  I'm very out-of-the-loop when it comes to Christian culture.  I normally see the carnage of its trainwrecks and the fireworks from its celebrations from afar. And, you are correct, there is a sea of good material out there, so to waste time with contemporary attempts at breaking new ground normally (or hasn't been) my thing anyway.  I think reading Rob Bell a few years ago got me headed toward the exit signs when it comes to flavor-of-the-day thinkers.  Donald Miller has his brilliant moments, but his theology is the stuff of cereal boxes. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 21, 2008, 11:29:20 PM
Good points.  It's just that I've never heard of it and might like to take a closer look.  I'm very out-of-the-loop when it comes to Christian culture.  I normally see the carnage of its trainwrecks and the fireworks from its celebrations from afar. And, you are correct, there is a sea of good material out there, so to waste time with contemporary attempts at breaking new ground normally (or hasn't been) my thing anyway.  I think reading Rob Bell a few years ago got me headed toward the exit signs when it comes to flavor-of-the-day thinkers.  Donald Miller has his brilliant moments, but his theology is the stuff of cereal boxes. 
                          Did you ever read one of my favorite books, which I noticed you were interested in a while back...

                                                                   Huckleberry Finn
                                                                             


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 22, 2008, 12:45:05 AM
                          Did you ever read one of my favorite books, which I noticed you were interested in a while back...

                                                                   Huckleberry Finn
                                                                             
Not yet. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: gluve1 on August 22, 2008, 01:36:14 AM
I would have to agree with you on The Message  LawDog it just O.K.  I do reference it once in a while ' to get a different angle on some verses. On  The Shack if  it was to be taken as doctrinal thesis it would be off. But from what I know about it so far it's just trying to get us to get us to not let our preconceived ideas about him get in the way of him reveling him self to us. (mainly what he looks like). What he wants us to know is what he is like and who he is. Although I believe the BIBLE is the #1  source to learn who HE is this might make us think. All culture seem to create there own totem poles of God. In America we seem to think JESUS a white male republican.  But personal I feel That if the Republicans,Democrats,The Southern Baptist and  an liberal church you want to pick where having a convention at the same time in the same city and Jesus was to come back as he did the first time in that town he would pass them all up and head to the local skid row and homeless shelter to help the sick and lost who knew it. A God that my punie mind can wrap it self around is no God at all. Personally I'm a doctrinal conservative Christan. But I don't mind be challenged to think. Once I read the whole book I might find a lot of thing I disagree with. The few parts I have heard sound  quite Biblical it's just the image of the souse that's challenging. But the point is to hear what being said not what you see.Now if after I read it all and I think it is garbage and a wast of my time I'll let you know. But then again that will just be my opinion.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 22, 2008, 02:04:34 AM
I would have to agree with you on The Message  LawDog it just O.K.  I do reference it once in a while ' to get a different angle on some verses. On  The Shack if  it was to be taken as doctrinal thesis it would be off. But from what I know about it so far it's just trying to get us to get us to not let our preconceived ideas about him get in the way of him reveling him self to us. (mainly what he looks like). What he wants us to know is what he is like and who he is. Although I believe the BIBLE is the #1  source to learn who HE is this might make us think. All culture seem to create there own totem poles of God. In America we seem to think JESUS a white male republican.  But personal I feel That if the Republicans,Democrats,The Southern Baptist and  an liberal church you want to pick where having a convention at the same time in the same city and Jesus was to come back as he did the first time in that town he would pass them all up and head to the local skid row and homeless shelter to help the sick and lost who knew it. A God that my punie mind can wrap it self around is no God at all. Personally I'm a doctrinal conservative Christan. But I don't mind be challenged to think. Once I read the whole book I might find a lot of thing I disagree with. The few parts I have heard sound  quite Biblical it's just the image of the souse that's challenging. But the point is to hear what being said not what you see.Now if after I read it all and I think it is garbage and a wast of my time I'll let you know. But then again that will just be my opinion.
Nice post, but for what it's worth, comments like this one will get a very good and very long thread closed.  I'd hate to see that happen after this one has seen such a good long life. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: gluve1 on August 22, 2008, 10:43:00 AM
Sorry meant no offence to anyone and I wouldn't want it closed either. So if anyone wants to comment just do it as  a PM. After I read it close I felt like my thought where poorly writen. My written skills are the worst I do much better verbally. But posting on this forum is helping me with that. Sorry again please don't close this thread.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tonejones on August 22, 2008, 12:56:11 PM
Sorry folks, two days ago I jumped on very very late in this thread in a writing frenzy and shot out the book I am reading at the moment without really immersing myself in the real conversation here....so, New York Trilogy aside...gluve1, I agree....I do not want to go any further and step on toes....but here is my recent experience...

My wife's co-worker gave her The Shack and urged her to have me read it....I am a spiritual seeker with no ties to any denomination or organized religion...conflicted, yes, but full of faith in MORE, yes!  I must say that I silently turned my nose up at it...after her praises of The Secret, I was in no mood for this...but this is where my main issue bubbles up...I feel open minded to all religions, spiritual paths, etc...but this thin tome caused me to writhe inside, and I had not even read the slip cover...

Someone mentioned Pop-Christianity earlier in the thread....this is where I completely shut down...any hint of this and I tend to go haywire and discredit anything that smacks of it...and I know this is not right...This book could really open millions of eyes to a new way of understanding, but I just cannot lend myself over to it.

Sorry folks, I know this is a bit of a ramble and every bit as disorganized as my feelings on the subject, but I wanted to put my thoughts out there...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on August 22, 2008, 01:06:02 PM
Just started 'The Brothers Karamazov'


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tonejones on August 22, 2008, 01:08:36 PM
Ooh, I have not had the pleasure yet...I finished Crime and Punishment a while back...a dense read, but a wild ride into a torn psyche....


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 22, 2008, 03:04:11 PM
Just started The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: gluve1 on August 23, 2008, 01:15:56 AM
The Secret wouldn't be my cup of tea aether Tonejones.I believe so far The Shack is a completely different animal. I just like the large variety of smart books people read hear. Shows guitar players may not read music but we can read good books.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 23, 2008, 02:55:32 AM
Well I finally made my way through all 25 pages of this thread. A book in itself.
There are some great suggestions and I have added considerably to my own list.
I am particularly surprised yet excited to see so many references to Steinbeck. I read many of his while in high school and always enjoyed him. Might have to go back and see what the years, experiences, insights might add to my enjoyment of his work.
This is a great thread and I think it should stay around and run it's course.
my own tastes run a bit esoteric and lean heavily to non fiction.
Anywayere is what I have been reading:

The Kite Runner................................... Khaled Hosseini  absolutely loved this and couldn't put it down
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Robert M. Persig got it for my son and decided to reread it myself

Islam and the West................................Bernard Lewis essays by Professor of Near East Studies Princeton   University
Longitudes & Latitudes............................Thomas L. Friedman essays by Foreign Affairs columnist N.Y.Times
Madame Secretary.................................Madeleine Albright A Memoir by Secretary of State
and I have just started
This Wheels on Fire The story of the Band  by Levon Helm with Stephen Davis
omozom you deserve an honory gold star or something for reading this whole thread   
Tell us how "Wheels on fire" is, I may want to find that one, but I'd like to hear your review first.  Danny   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: omozom on August 23, 2008, 01:54:42 PM
omozom you deserve an honory gold star or something for reading this whole thread   
Tell us how "Wheels on fire" is, I may want to find that one, but I'd like to hear your review first.  Danny   

Or I should have my head examined!

The Band has always been one of my top favorites. Ever since I discovered Dylan at the impressionable age of 15, right through their solo years and The Last Waltz.
I always had mixed feelings about their reunited efforts minus Robbie, but could always find good tunes even on those.

I am just in the very beginning of the book. I like what I have read so far. But this is likely to be slow going. Since picking up the guitar, I do not put as much time into enjoyable reading as I should. Unless you consider Carcassi's Classical Method enjoyable reading.  :roll
I'll be sure to give some feedback if and when I get through it.

As I mentioned  above I read mostly non fiction. I love bio's and auto bio's and memoir's.
I also love jazz. I have read about many lives. Including Miles, Ellington, Art Pepper (fantastic), Baez, Mel Torme, John Lennon, Walesa, Malcome X and Loise L'Amour to name a few.
But this was when I was really into reading. Now I am really into  :guitar  :nana_guitar  :guitar




Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 29, 2008, 12:29:55 AM
Just started Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I'm in classic mode. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on August 29, 2008, 04:27:51 AM
Caught in the Web of Words: James A.H. Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary by K.M. Elisabeth Murray. I'm in a linguistic mode right now.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 22, 2008, 02:42:12 AM
I guess no one's reading these days?? I still slowing reading through 'The Brothers Karamazov'. I'm not really connecting with it. I'm going to reread 'Of Human Bondage' once I get done with Karamazov. 'OHB' has been my favorite book to date and I finally acquired a copy (1915 edition).


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Makarovii on September 22, 2008, 04:23:43 AM
I'm still working my way through the 960 pages of "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945"  by Tony Judt with "Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam" by Mark Bowden on deck.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 22, 2008, 05:15:17 AM
I haven't had much time to read the last few weeks, but I am still working on Treasure Island.   I don't understand half the pirate speak, but it's a great book (obviously). 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on September 22, 2008, 11:21:18 AM
I'm reading my fifth or sixth Ann Rule book, this one being called "Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder".  All true crime stories.  I think her writing is excellent.  Just finished a Stephen King book called"The Colorado Kid" which was so so---not one of his best.

Old Folky



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on September 22, 2008, 10:06:32 PM
I just loved The Brothers Karamazov, far and away better than Crime and Punishment, I thought.  I did very recently try and quit on An American Tragedy by Dreiser.  The distance between each subject and verb was too great, circumnavigating the point too often.  I hate quitting on a book, though.  Sticks in my mind like a personal failure.  Oh well.  Now I'm in the middle of The Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo.  Really liking it.  A relaxing read, by comparison.

On deck?  Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  I've had a copy of it for over a year, and his recent suicide had me reading about him which leads me to actually read him.  He's been likened to Pynchon and many can't abide that style.  Others are enormous fans.  I'll find out where I fit soon.  Speaking of Pynchon, anybody ever read Gravity's Rainbow?  No, no I haven't, but as ardently as people feel about him, I'm eager to try.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 22, 2008, 11:17:46 PM
I just loved The Brothers Karamazov, far and away better than Crime and Punishment, I thought. 

I really like Crime and Punishment, maybe I'll like Karamazov after I finish it. The characters seem so overly dramatic in their actions and speech, I don't understand them.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on September 22, 2008, 11:31:21 PM
My wife's sister just passed away with a lingering illness and I just finished "A Three Dog Life" by Abigail Thomas. It is a quick read and really gives you a sense of perspective. I am starting "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin because I though it would be insightful to read between now and election day.

"1776" and "Truman" by David McCullough should be required reading for everyone and I also finished and sent "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" by Steve Martin and "The Tao of Willie" by Willie Nelson to my son.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on September 23, 2008, 01:42:21 AM
Life: The Science of Biology, Chemistry as a Second Language, and Head First Statistics. I'm going back to school, and am needing to brush up on my science classes (my degree was in 1984). Not much time for reading for pleasure right now. I'll probably reward myself with a novel when I get through these.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 23, 2008, 04:57:15 PM


"1776" and "Truman" by David McCullough should be required reading for everyone and I also finished and sent "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" by Steve Martin and "The Tao of Willie" by Willie Nelson to my son.


I read Willie's Tao earlier this year as well.  I just noticed that he's written a Western-style novel recently as well.  I'll probably read it later on; everything Wille does seems to interest me on some level. 

I've been meaning to check out some of McCullough's book.  Is he a pretty solid historian? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on September 24, 2008, 01:12:40 AM
Creature:

If you get a chance to watch any of Ken Burns' Series (The Civil War, Baseball and WWII) they are all narrated by David McCullough and he makes history come alive. Whenever I see him speak on PBS or C-Span, I drop what I am doing. I usually have a short attention span but David McCullough's research keeps me drawn to his writing.

Not to steal a thread and go in a different direction but if you want to see two fascinating documentaries, rent the Werner Herzog film "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" and "The Fog of War" an interview with Robert McNamara directed by Errol Morris.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Dieter_Needs_to_Fly

http://www.sonyclassics.com/fogofwar/

Little Dieter Needs to Fly is the most interesting story I think I have ever seen on film and the final five minutes when he walks to an old airfield is simply an amazing piece of film. You also have to watch the credits and stick around for the postscript.

The Fog of War is an interview with Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and it covers his entire life including his degree from Stanford University and his service in World War II through his time at Ford Motor Company, 7 years as Secretary of Defense and his leadership at the World Bank.

My wife even dropped what she was doing and was drawn into both films.





Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 24, 2008, 08:36:26 AM
Creature:

If you get a chance to watch any of Ken Burns' Series (The Civil War, Baseball and WWII) they are all narrated by David McCullough and he makes history come alive. Whenever I see him speak on PBS or C-Span, I drop what I am doing. I usually have a short attention span but David McCullough's research keeps me drawn to his writing.

Not to steal a thread and go in a different direction but if you want to see two fascinating documentaries, rent the Werner Herzog film "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" and "The Fog of War" an interview with Robert McNamara directed by Errol Morris.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Dieter_Needs_to_Fly

http://www.sonyclassics.com/fogofwar/

Little Dieter Needs to Fly is the most interesting story I think I have ever seen on film and the final five minutes when he walks to an old airfield is simply an amazing piece of film. You also have to watch the credits and stick around for the postscript.

The Fog of War is an interview with Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and it covers his entire life including his degree from Stanford University and his service in World War II through his time at Ford Motor Company, 7 years as Secretary of Defense and his leadership at the World Bank.

My wife even dropped what she was doing and was drawn into both films.




Thanks, I'll look for these on my Blockbuster online account.  As far as David McCullough goes, I keep hearing a lot about him but have never gotten around to checking out any of his work.  So many books, so little time...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on September 25, 2008, 01:38:43 AM
Creature:

If you get a chance to watch any of Ken Burns' Series (The Civil War, Baseball and WWII) they are all narrated by David McCullough and he makes history come alive. Whenever I see him speak on PBS or C-Span, I drop what I am doing. I usually have a short attention span but David McCullough's research keeps me drawn to his writing.

Not to steal a thread and go in a different direction but if you want to see two fascinating documentaries, rent the Werner Herzog film "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" and "The Fog of War" an interview with Robert McNamara directed by Errol Morris.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Dieter_Needs_to_Fly

http://www.sonyclassics.com/fogofwar/

Little Dieter Needs to Fly is the most interesting story I think I have ever seen on film and the final five minutes when he walks to an old airfield is simply an amazing piece of film. You also have to watch the credits and stick around for the postscript.

The Fog of War is an interview with Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and it covers his entire life including his degree from Stanford University and his service in World War II through his time at Ford Motor Company, 7 years as Secretary of Defense and his leadership at the World Bank.

My wife even dropped what she was doing and was drawn into both films.





 I have been very impressed with Ken Burns work and David McCullough does a fine job on his series. I bought the  book "Civil War" after watching the series.           
 I picked up a nice Harbound copy of "White Fang" today for my teenage grandson and I a got history book for me as well as a woodworking book.
    I'm hoping Jack London might inspire my grandson to read more, he is failing in 4 subjects at school.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on September 25, 2008, 02:17:06 AM
"The Theology of John Calvin" - Karl Barth.  One behemoth of a theologian critiquing the Titan of Protestantism.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on September 25, 2008, 02:25:03 AM
I am currently obsessed with the British political philosopher John Gray (not to be confused with the men-are-from-Mars guy of the same name).  He has had a very interesting path.  He started out as a fairly conventional liberal in the John Stuart Mill mode.  Then he became a devotee of free-market thinking (which is called conservatism in the US but in Europe is more properly known as neo-liberalism).  Then he got disillusioned with that and set out on quite a unique path that is hard to describe, but is characterized by a deep skepticism toward the main currents of Western political thought.  I'm just finishing up his book Enlightenment's Wake.  After that, I'm moving on to Straw Dogs.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on September 25, 2008, 02:28:11 AM
Check this out:

http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp

The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
 ~ Mark Twain ~


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 25, 2008, 02:59:05 PM

    I'm hoping Jack London might inspire my grandson to read more, he is failing in 4 subjects at school.
I applaud this effort.  I failed lots (most) of my classes in school and just couldn't get it together for some reason.  The only thing that interested me was music, but I cannot help but think that a connection with the right book/books back then might have made all the difference.  Anything that pulls kids away from the emptiness of pop culture is a good thing.  Hat's off to you. 

teh,
That Twain quote is great!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on September 25, 2008, 04:39:17 PM
I applaud this effort.  I failed lots (most) of my classes in school and just couldn't get it together for some reason.  The only thing that interested me was music, but I cannot help but think that a connection with the right book/books back then might have made all the difference.  Anything that pulls kids away from the emptiness of pop culture is a good thing.  Hat's off to you. 

teh,
That Twain quote is great!
                         My thoughts exactly, I also had a similar experience to yours. Reading is what has saved me intellectually.    Danny


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wilblee on September 26, 2008, 04:05:51 PM
Right now I'm going through the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian.  Just great stuff about the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic era.  Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin are the finest literary duo, ever, surpassing Holmes and Watson.  The one possible exception would be Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster.  I've read some of those Jeeves and Wooster stories 20 times and they still make me laugh out loud.

I'm also a big fan of Civil War and WWII history.  Stephen Ambrose's books (Band of Brothers is one) about WWII are fantastic, as is James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom about the Civile War.  I also loved Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is also great.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on September 27, 2008, 01:36:33 AM
Wilblee

Check out "Devil Boats, The P.T. War Against Japan" by Williams Brueuer and look at this article from Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PT_boat

My dad served in the Navy and spent 23 months in 1944 and 1945 in combat in the South Pacific on a Destroyer Escort and would have loved this book. Many PT Boat commanders (i.e. John F. Kennedy and former PA Governor Raymond Schafer) were in their 20's when they took command of a PT boat with a crew of 12 to 17 and routinely battled sea sickness and piloted these boats to cripple the Japanese fleet deep in enemy waters with limited firepower and unknown fuel supplies.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 27, 2008, 05:19:24 PM
Just started Orwell's 1984.  This was an assignment in high school that I didn't do, so I need to catch up.

Also, all the McCullough talk sent me to the library where I picked up 1776.  Can't wait to get into that one. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 27, 2008, 05:34:34 PM
Just started Orwell's 1984.  This was an assignment in high school that I didn't do, so I need to catch up.
 

Then you have to write a book report. At least three pages long, and don't change the margins!  :mad:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 27, 2008, 08:42:27 PM
Then you have to write a book report. At least three pages long, and don't change the margins!  :mad:
:laughin:  If you want to know exactly how much of a dork I am, I actually keep a reading journal and log my reading with comments about some of the books.  So you're not far off. 

 :wave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: lyric_girl on October 02, 2008, 10:42:51 PM
Quite honestly, I read a ton of kids books (mostly teen level). My love of Harry Potter started this.

Currently reading:

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (book two in the Twilight series)
Pendragon - The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (book one in the Pendragon series)

Also:

The Rickenbacker Book by Tony Bacon and Paul Day
Reveal: The Story of REM by Johnny Black


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on October 03, 2008, 02:30:39 AM
Quite honestly, I read a ton of kids books (mostly teen level). My love of Harry Potter started this.

Currently reading:

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (book two in the Twilight series)
Pendragon - The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (book one in the Pendragon series)

Also:

The Rickenbacker Book by Tony Bacon and Paul Day
Reveal: The Story of REM by Johnny Black

  100 posts,,, you are a SENIOR now. But no Larrivee :mad: Just kiddin    Danny


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on October 03, 2008, 10:33:54 AM
The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot by Robert Morgan and Ron Powers


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on October 04, 2008, 02:08:27 AM
Quite honestly, I read a ton of kids books (mostly teen level). My love of Harry Potter started this.

Currently reading:

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (book two in the Twilight series)
My teenage daughters adored this series. They keep trying to get me to read it.

Deb

(I also loved the Harry Potter series)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 04, 2008, 05:56:06 PM
Just finished Orwell's 1984.  I cannot believe just how much of a let-down that one was.  I hated the ending.  I guess I'm ultimately a sucker and love happy endings.  I could just picture ol' Smith taking down BB and everyone living happily ever after.  I know the book was part prophecy as well as fiction, but I just didn't like the ending.  Right now I'm reading Huxley's Brave New World and I'm not holding my breath for a good ending for it either.   
 :tongue:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: RyGuy on October 20, 2008, 07:01:31 PM
Just finished reading The Watchmen by Alan Moore and now I'm trying to finish Return of the King by Tolkien.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on October 20, 2008, 11:26:42 PM
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson - True Story about two mountain climbers who have to get down off a 21,000 peak in the Andes Mountains.

One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey - I read this a number of times over the years but it is worth another pass and a great read.

Getting ready to read "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, author of "No Country for Old Men." 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wilblee on October 21, 2008, 01:03:39 AM
Just finished Orwell's 1984.  I cannot believe just how much of a let-down that one was.  I hated the ending.  I guess I'm ultimately a sucker and love happy endings... 
 :tongue:

Then, by all means, avoid Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.  Great book, but the ending - ouch.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on October 21, 2008, 10:59:34 AM
Just started another Stephen King book, (32nd), called "Blaze".  Very funny so far, but coming from SK, that will probably change.

Old Folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 21, 2008, 11:15:55 AM
Just finished:

1776 by David McCullough.  LOVED this book!  Will probably read it again.  I checked it out because of the recommendation in this thread. 
5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow by RC Sproul

Currently reading:

Walden by Henry David Thoreau


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on October 21, 2008, 08:52:52 PM
Creature:

Glad you enjoyed "1776."

There is a story in David McCullough's biography "Truman" recounted by a local Presbyterian Minister who delivered a eulogy at a graveside service in Missouri and there wasn't another person in attendance except him and the undertaker. He decided to wait to start the committal until the time that had been announced in the paper arrived. It was snowing and bitter cold and a green Dodge pulled up and a secret service man stepped out along with Harry S. Truman. The pastor asked Harry Truman why he was there because it was so bitter cold. Harry Truman replied "Pastor, I never forget a friend." Hard to imagine that a former President would/could make an appearance without any fanfare.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 21, 2008, 10:25:19 PM
Creature:

Glad you enjoyed "1776."

There is a story in David McCullough's biography "Truman" recounted by a local Presbyterian Minister who delivered a eulogy at a graveside service in Missouri and there wasn't another person in attendance except him and the undertaker. He decided to wait to start the committal until the time that had been announced in the paper arrived. It was snowing and bitter cold and a green Dodge pulled up and a secret service man stepped out along with Harry S. Truman. The pastor asked Harry Truman why he was there because it was so bitter cold. Harry Truman replied "Pastor, I never forget a friend." Hard to imagine that a former President would/could make an appearance without any fanfare.
Great story.  I'm going to look for some more of McCullough's work.  I've been wanting to get into some biographies anyway.  Thanks for the recommendation. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 27, 2008, 09:44:40 PM
Just read:

Culture Warrior by Bill O'Reilly.  This one gets a "thumbs up".  It was a real eye-opener on a few issues. 

Jarhead by Anthony Swoffard.  "Thumbs down".  A complete waste of time and I'm still not sure what possessed me to read this book. 

I rarely ever put down a book, but I just could not get through Thoreau's Walden.  I've read instruction manuals more interesting.  Sheesh.

Currently reading:

The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: NotRevGDavis on October 28, 2008, 03:47:20 AM
"Fire Mountains of the West- The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes" Stephen L. Harris. After staring at Mt. Theilsen while staying at Crater Lake in Oregon and living near Mount St. Helens in the '70's I thought my next challenge may be to bag some volcanic summits.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Greg Curtis on October 28, 2008, 07:50:48 PM
I've pretty much educated myself thru reading books my entire life. Finished high school okay with good grades but no college just 2 yrs of tech school for an Associates Degree in electronics which has supported me thru life. I'm a sucker for military subjects on WWII and the Indian Wars during the 1800's. German tanks have always fascinated  me with their precision and firepower and I've modelled a pretty good collection of them. The episode with Custer and the Indian Wars is another one of particular interst to me. My bookcase is full of books on both subjects. Life is good!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 01, 2008, 06:36:23 PM
Just got done with Sidney Poitier's Measure of a Man.  It was an interesting story, and surely he's led an interesting life.  The New Age guru stuff toward the end was a complete turn-off to me, and I find his beliefs odd at best, but I did enjoy the book and am glad I read it. 

Up next is Ava's Man by Rick Bragg.  It's a biography and looked interesting, so I picked it up.  I've been wanting to get more into biography stuff of late, so we'll see how this one turns out.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: poki on November 04, 2008, 04:58:32 AM
First Light: The True Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies above Britain. By Geoffrey Wellum.
a first hand account of a wet behind the ears youngster who found himself piloting a Spitfire in the Battle of Britain.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 09, 2008, 12:23:49 PM
Just read History of the United States Volume I by Charles and Mary Beard.  This book is from the 1920s.  What I liked about it is that it didn't focus so much on famous personalities or battles, but rather the culture of the times back then and gave many facts about certain people groups.  I think I'm going to continue on with this set. 

Currently reading:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on November 09, 2008, 10:11:45 PM
Just finishing "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch a former Computer Science Professor from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

This is a quick two day read and should be required reading for anyone searching for the meaning of life. There is a transcript of his final lecture and a video online and he was featured on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer. Check it out here:

http://www.thelastlecture.com/


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on November 09, 2008, 11:21:10 PM
I haven't been doing much personal reading as of late, due to required readings for lectures, but I just recently finished reading The Devil's Music: A History Of The Blues by  Giles Oakley. Essentially the story of the Blues from Field hollers through the blues based rock type stuff, I'll give the old two thumbs up as it is interesting and a quick read. Also, I just finished The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan who was the also the author of The Botany of Desire both of which I'd reccomend to all. Learning a bit of off beat info about Johnny Apple Seed and ostensibly why there are so many spittter apple trees at farms was worth the price of admission for the Botany of Desire!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jwb on November 10, 2008, 01:18:43 AM
I'm back on my theology kick and digesting "God of Promise" by Michael Horton.  It's an introduction to Covenant Theology.  If any of you are interested in some DEEP Christian reading, I am the man to ask for recommendations.  I have not had the calling to read any fiction after crawling through Moby Dick following Queequeg's encouragement to read it.  It was a great experience to actually read the whole thing.  Then I listened to it on CD's...that was wonderful.  If anyone wants to listen to Moby Dick and has a long commute, let me know and I'll send the CD's to you.  I think there are 14 of them!!!

Justin


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 10, 2008, 01:24:43 AM
I'm back on my theology kick and digesting "God of Promise" by Michael Horton.  It's an introduction to Covenant Theology.  If any of you are interested in some DEEP Christian reading, I am the man to ask for recommendations.  I have not had the calling to read any fiction after crawling through Moby Dick following Queequeg's encouragement to read it.  It was a great experience to actually read the whole thing.  Then I listened to it on CD's...that was wonderful.  If anyone wants to listen to Moby Dick and has a long commute, let me know and I'll send the CD's to you.  I think there are 14 of them!!!

Justin
I'm about to do Moby Dick on audio book form.  But I'm going to download it for free from librivox.org   East of Eden was 22 CDs.   That's a long one. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 15, 2008, 12:21:14 PM
Been on a huge reading kick, but my guitar playing is really suffering for it...  If you could hear me play you'd understand.

Finished Jane Eyre.  Loved it. 

Just finished Common Sense by Thomas Paine.  Put out in early 1776, this book/pamplet may have been the final straw in the decision for Independence. Excellent read!

Reading Moby Dick by Herman Melville.  I'm about a quarter of the way through and some chapters are absolutely brilliant, but some others are techincal talk on whales, which is a real labor to get through. I'm sure most of you have already read this one, but this'll be my first go round with it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: KenHolden on November 17, 2008, 12:37:31 AM
I read a lot of Clive Cussler and Robert Ludlum novels while i was working this past spring and summer.  great stories.

Right now I have a collection of Canadian short stories and experts from Canadian novels. "when you were young" introduced by Stuart McLean.  Stuart McLean is the guy behind CBCs "the vinyl cafe".   he also has other books just on the vinyl cafe stories that are excellent reads.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on November 19, 2008, 12:15:47 AM
Been on a huge reading kick, but my guitar playing is really suffering for it...  If you could hear me play you'd understand.

Finished Jane Eyre.  Loved it. 

Just finished Common Sense by Thomas Paine.  Put out in early 1776, this book/pamplet may have been the final straw in the decision for Independence. Excellent read!

Reading Moby Dick by Herman Melville.  I'm about a quarter of the way through and some chapters are absolutely brilliant, but some others are techincal talk on whales, which is a real labor to get through. I'm sure most of you have already read this one, but this'll be my first go round with it.

Been on a huge guitar playing kick, but my reading is really suffering for it.  Just finished Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo.  I brought this book up pages and pages ago, that's how long it took me to finish.  Good book.  Now I'm into Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace.  It's enormous (in page count) and I'm guessing enormous in scope.  I really, really like the beginning of it;  fascinating and structurally creative.  I haven't been this juiced about a book I've started in a long time.  But I think you might have to have a penchant for the weird to enjoy it.  Come, I don't know, maybe Easter I'll let you know if it stays this good.

Moby Dick is one of the books I gave up on.  I blame it on the teeny, tiny print of the edition I was reading.  Yeah, that was it...the print size.  I found my eyes glazing over too often.  Let us know, Creature, if you find it worth the effort it requires.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 19, 2008, 12:28:10 PM
I'm in the final stretch of Moby Dick, being about about 3/4 through it.  But, man, what a labor!  The story is great, but the endless and tiresome writing on whales and whaling I don't really understand.  The research Melville must have put it that is lost on most folks (I would assume) makes my head spin.   At this point two things are keeping my hanging on:
1 - I'm determined to read more classic lit
2 - I want to see how it ends
I'll let you know more when I'm done. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: roguegnome on November 19, 2008, 01:31:27 PM
Melville's "research" took the form of signing on to the whaling ship Acushnet,which was bound for the Pacific Ocean. The vessel sailed around Cape Horn and traveled to the South Pacific for an 18 month cruise. [He deserted]
Moby-Dick; my favorite book. (Although I failed to finish it in my first attempt)
The book is as much about man and his relationships and his demons, as it is about the whale.
And understand that whaling was an enormous industry in the 19th century, and it holds a vital role in our history. America excelled in this endeavor, and the UK failed repeatedly to beat them at this high risk/high stakes game. New Bedford and Nantucket are on the map today due to their whaling history.
They sailed into largely uncharted and mis-charted waters. America's "discovery" (sometime after British Captain James Cook) of the Sandwich Islands [Hawaii] and Alaska is due to the demand for cleaner, brighter lamp oil that whale oil provided to light the homes and the streetlamps in the US and as the major export to Europe.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 19, 2008, 10:40:36 PM
Melville's "research" took the form of signing on to the whaling ship Acushnet,which was bound for the Pacific Ocean. The vessel sailed around Cape Horn and traveled to the South Pacific for an 18 month cruise. [He deserted]
Moby-Dick; my favorite book. (Although I failed to finish it in my first attempt)
The book is as much about man and his relationships and his demons, as it is about the whale.
And understand that whaling was an enormous industry in the 19th century, and it holds a vital role in our history. America excelled in this endeavor, and the UK failed repeatedly to beat them at this high risk/high stakes game. New Bedford and Nantucket are on the map today due to their whaling history.
They sailed into largely uncharted and mis-charted waters. America's "discovery" (sometime after British Captain James Cook) of the Sandwich Islands [Hawaii] and Alaska is due to the demand for cleaner, brighter lamp oil that whale oil provided to light the homes and the streetlamps in the US and as the major export to Europe.
Excellent insight!  I am enjoying the book, but I only wish there were more dialogue, particularly from Captain Ahab. It peeks into some very, very interesting territory like this, and then goes back off into the ramblings about whales.  That's the hardest part for me: getting interested in the characters, only to be dragged back into the history lesson on whales.

I'm only about 8 chapters away from finishing the book now. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: gkella on November 19, 2008, 11:09:50 PM
Too Fat To Fish, Comedian Artie Lange's autobiography.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 06, 2008, 11:56:25 PM
Just finished:

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

It's been a good stretch of classic lit.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on December 07, 2008, 12:36:55 AM
Creature,

Your pace is amazing.  What's on deck?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 07, 2008, 04:31:21 AM
  Just a little update on a post of mine quite a while back. My grandson finished "White Fang" and was very pleased with it. This is meaningful.  I may try a nice hardbound "Call of the Wild" next.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 07, 2008, 04:09:29 PM
On deck?

Postmillenialism: An Eschatology of Hope by Keith Mathison (somewhat boring Reformed theological stuff)
The Wages of Spin by Carl Trueman (interesting essays on culture from a Reformed theological perspective)
The Last Trail by Zane Grey
The Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne


dependan - That is really encouraging.  I think I'm going to read White Fang in 2009 myself.  I really enjoyed The Call of the Wild.  A lot, in fact. 

Do you folks have any reading plans for 2009?  I think I'm going to continue to pursue the classic lit that I missed in my youth (lots of catching up to do!), and I also plan on trying to read all of C.S. Lewis' works.  To my knowledge there are over 60 works from his pen. It should be a great year! 

To those of you thinking of reading Moby Dick: I do recommend the book. It's very long, and probably the most laborious book I've ever read, but it's worth it.  Melville really understood the human soul and painted some very deep characters with that work.  For most folks Moby Dick is like piano lessons, they start but never finish.  It's worth the time, if for nothing else to say that you did it.  Now... how many have read War and Peace
 :tongue:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: BenF on December 07, 2008, 05:41:40 PM
The forum guitar discussion is coming out in hardback next week!! :humour:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rpm60912 on December 10, 2008, 07:25:00 AM
The forum guitar discussion is coming out in hardback next week!! :humour:

Good one Ben... I had to chuckle when I read your post.  I expected a serious book from you!  The Forum Git discussion is getting to you, mate!

Can't wait for the movie !!!  :laughin:

ricky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: flatlander on December 13, 2008, 04:29:57 AM
Can you believe that a couple weeks ago this thread had most all time replies and it's been open over 2 years. Now Forum git
thread is almost twice as large!
This one is still more valuable.
yes


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 13, 2008, 04:34:19 AM
Can you believe that a couple weeks ago this thread had most all time replies and it's been open over 2 years. Now Forum git
thread is almost twice as large!

This one is still more valuable.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on December 14, 2008, 03:10:31 AM
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Amazing read so far. I'm not usually so taken with a new book--most seem derivative.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 17, 2008, 01:54:51 PM
   I obtained a nice hardbound copy of "Call of the Wild and selected short stories" by Jack London for my Grandson.
I saw the short story title "To build a fire" and immediately I remembered the chill, of cold and death that I experienced when I read that story long ago. So I read it again, to be refreshed with the details of the cost of foolishness in a man's heart and actions.
               
   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 17, 2008, 03:29:57 PM
I got a bit side-tracked while on a trip to the library.  I was browsing in the music instruction book section and found a book nearby titled Clapton's Gutiar by Allen St. John.  It's about a guy named Wayne Henderson, who's apparently a monster picker, but more importanlty a highly sought after luthier who built an acoustic guitar for Clapton (I'd never even heard of Henderson till then).  I started the book last night and didn't want to put it down.  Very well written and very, very interesting to those into not only the acoustic guitar, but the art of building it and collecting guitars.  The author is a guitarist and a collector of vintage acoustics.  HIGHLY recommend this book to all! 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Novalis on December 17, 2008, 05:24:58 PM
I'm finishing up The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. He pretty much put's the arguement to rest, IMO. Just started re-reading The Glass Bead Game by Hesse.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on December 18, 2008, 05:33:38 PM
     Just started another Stephen King novel, "Duma Key".  So far, a pretty good story, about something that could actually happen to someone.  But, I've only just begun reading it yesterday so who knows. 

Old Folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: magwa1 on December 18, 2008, 11:55:51 PM
it gets even creepier, 4/20 is my birthday and i also read She Said Yes several years ago, and to top it all off Adolf Hitler also shares this birthday which if i remember correct may have been at least part of the reason the shooting was planned for this day.........

I cut myself off in 1980, but I hear tell there's a code that includes something about your birthday with "friendly" in it. 
Sloppy books for me lately.  I just finished "The Client".  Kinda felt like Grisham wrote that one for the money. 

YMMV, of course.

Magwa - Coarsegold, CA
L70 on the way  :laughin:
D18-DC
Santa Cruz H13
Electrics that don't get much play
Mando - Octave Mando


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ianc on December 27, 2008, 10:44:24 PM
Hi,
I am reading   Ken Follett's   The Pillars of the Earth.  This is the 2nd time I have read it. I first read it about 15 years ago. It is a story and about master masons building cathedrals in England,in the 1100s.  The reason I am rereading the book is, I bought  Ken Follett's  new book,  World Without End.  It is a followup to Pillars. Apparently you do not have to have read Pillars,to read the  World.  I thought I would,as I really enjoyed the first book.   Be prepared for a long read, both books are over 900 pages long.
 
Ianc


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on December 28, 2008, 01:53:18 AM
I just got "With Strings Attached" by author Jonathan Kellerman for Christmas. It is a great coffee table book about his extensive (and primarily acoustic) guitar collection. You can pick it up on Amazon for less than $50. His collection of Martin, National, Gibson and Knutsen guitars is pretty awesome.

Just finished Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut) and a re-read of The Dead Zone by Stephen King. Up next:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Merle's Door, Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on December 28, 2008, 02:06:54 AM
What did you think of Breakfast of Champions?    Vonnegut is one author I've always meant to read, but haven't yet.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Makarovii on December 28, 2008, 07:03:19 AM
I'm a big history buff so my reading material would bore the majority here. At the moment I'm reading "Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units in Combat" by Farzad Bishop and  "MiG-23/27 Flogger: Soviet Swing-Wing Fighter/Strike Aircraft" by Yefim Gordon.
 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Safricanplayer on December 28, 2008, 07:50:27 AM
 The Shack.

Prepare to have your theology challanged :winkin:

 ~ Ray ~  :donut2 :coffee :coffee :donut


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Trinity Guitars on December 28, 2008, 01:21:09 PM
Into The Wild  Jon Crankier   Fun read about a crazy guy.
  Next up is some Jane Goodall material. My son will be working for her in one weeks in Tanzania and get this.... living in her house on the coast of the Indian Ocean.  I am hoping to find some cheep tickets to be able to go visit him. He will be there for 6 months working on research for his Doctorate in GIS. The Goodall Institute is looking to get a GIS system up and running on there web page.
Cool stuff for sure.
Jim Holler


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 28, 2008, 05:21:38 PM
The Shack.

Prepare to have your theology challanged :winkin:

 ~ Ray ~  :donut2 :coffee :coffee :donut
Strange.  This book keeps popping up everywhere.  It seems like every Christmas party I went to there was a copy of this book lying around somewhere. A woman I know who I thing pretty highly of recommended it simply because it was well written and an interesting take on things.  I'm not sure if I'll get to it, since my need-to-read pile is growing, and grew still larger with a few gift books for Christmas. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 28, 2008, 05:57:28 PM
I got 'Clapton's Guitar' for Christmas and I'm about 1/3 of the way through it. A book about building guitars the way Martin did it back in the day by a guy who's play old time music... there could not be anything more up my alley. I'm reading it while taking a break from The Brothers Karamozov, which I'm ashamed to say has taken me about six months to get half way through.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: aardvark on December 28, 2008, 06:18:22 PM
 :donut :donut :donut
hope you don't mind me adding my two cents here, just finish Filthy Shakespeare, written by some Oxoford Profession, regarding the punning in Shakespearian lines and how they were understood in Elizabethian England.  I know it sounds dry, but it is hilarious, and a tad bit nasty.  My next book will be a biography of General Wade Hampton, which really sounds dry, but I have hopes, its signed by the author and was a gift.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 29, 2008, 12:50:55 AM
I got 'Clapton's Guitar' for Christmas and I'm about 1/3 of the way through it. A book about building guitars the way Martin did it back in the day by a guy who's play old time music... there could not be anything more up my alley. I'm reading it while taking a break from The Brothers Karamozov, which I'm ashamed to say has taken me about six months to get half way through.
I'm still not done with that one yet, but I've really enjoyed it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rpm60912 on December 30, 2008, 11:29:00 PM
John Piper's Future Grace... anything he writes is hard chewing. Quite substantive.

ricky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on December 31, 2008, 12:55:20 AM
Ryler:

Breakfast of Champions is an easy read. If you aren't sure, pick up "Man without a Country" a series of essays by Kurt Vonnegut that was published in 2005 and can be read in an evening. KV makes you think and uses humor along the way to get his point across. People either love him or hate him but keep in mind that he wrote "Slaughterhouse Five" in 1968 which was 23 years after he survived the fire bombing of Dresden, Germany. It never occurred to me that 145,000 people died in one night as a result of incendiary bombs dropped by the British Army until I read that book and it gives insight as to KV's outlook on life.

"Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe." Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut (1990)



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Makarovii on January 18, 2009, 06:23:52 AM
"We Were One, Shoulder To Shoulder With The Marines Who Took Fallujah" by Patrick K. O'Donnell.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on January 20, 2009, 01:42:30 PM
     Just started yet another Stephen King book called "Liseys' Story".  "Duma Key" was so so.  I might have to expand my horizens. 

Old Folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: craigb504 on March 06, 2009, 12:34:12 AM
Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on March 06, 2009, 01:26:32 AM
The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Fiasco by Thomas Ricks.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ciscokid on March 06, 2009, 03:41:31 AM
Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: boat on March 06, 2009, 05:31:37 PM
The Borne Legacy....  Actually 'listening' to it (Audible) - mostly on my motorcycle.  If that doesn't count - 'Younger Next Year' about benefits of exercise for us old guys.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Skyver on March 07, 2009, 11:28:19 AM
I just started reading Guitar Man: a six-string odyssey by Will Hodgkinson. This is an excellent book. Anyone who is interested in guitar should read this.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Yoyodyne on March 09, 2009, 03:24:12 AM
I just started reading Guitar Man: a six-string odyssey by Will Hodgkinson. This is an excellent book. Anyone who is interested in guitar should read this.

Reading that book is what got me off my butt and back into playing guitar. (Which in turn led me to the purchase of my OM-02. Yay!)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bhika on March 09, 2009, 02:45:51 PM
I just started reading Charolette's Web. Actually I found it in a box of books someone gave me for my daughter. I started reading it to her last night but she's only 3 and it's a liitle to wordy with not enough pictures in it for liking. I just finished another book so I decided to read it myself. I haven't read it since I was a kid.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dotneck on March 09, 2009, 03:54:06 PM
1) "Growing A Beloved Community"

2) National Geographic Traveler..."Costa Rica"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on May 16, 2009, 06:13:56 PM
I'm in the middle of 'House of Leave'. It's a very recent book which is totally different for me since most of the fiction I read is from the early 20th century or earlier. It's an interesting book not in just the subject but in the way it's written. It's written from the perspective of a guy who finds the writings from another guy who was writing about a film documentary that doesn't exist and both guy's writings are included in the book along with all kinds of footnotes and such. It also takes liberties by writing words upside down, diagonal or even just one word a page at some points. As exciting as that sounds the book is just too in depth. The book will be covering a specific part in the documentary, like making a map for instance, then there will be articles and footnotes about how some ancient Greek named Minos made a map of something and then other footnotes on Minos, and so on. The basic subject is interesting but it seems the author is a little self indulgent to think all the footnotes and references are worth my attention.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: $ongWriter on May 17, 2009, 04:15:18 AM
Just finished the best book I've ever read...Atlas Shrugged...but, its' so real it's scary...it's what's going on right now and it was writen in 1957!!!!!! :crying:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 17, 2009, 01:32:18 PM
                                  Just started "A walk in the woods" by Bill Bryson.
                   He starts off with thoughts of the "Great Smoky Mountains" and "Shenandoah Valley".
   He also mentions John Muir in a quote, to " throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence" I just happen to have a "Muir Woods" 100th anniversary shirt on this morning as I read this first page.
   I was out in Muir Woods recently, it's a wonderful treasure in N. America. I'll be in the Appallacian Trail area in a few days from now, so I hope to visit a few of the spots mentioned in this book.
              I like it when the books I read are interwoven with the reality and practicality of my life.
               My wife read this book first and she loved it, she told me tidbits all the way through, so I'm looking forward to the read. Just need the time, sometimes I'll just start a book and keep reading through the night until I'm done. I'll let y'all know on this one.
             
 I'm also reading "Days of heaven on earth" by A.B. Simpson. I highly recommend this daily devotional. Mr. Simpson wrote so clearly of things in the bible and life, that it feels intirely fresh and totally up to date, yet it was written about 100 years ago.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dotneck on May 17, 2009, 01:54:13 PM
I love Muir Woods....wish I could visit once a week. The place seems spiritual to me...

Speaking of spiritual...Just started reading "The Faith Club" a book three women wrote about trying to reconcile their different religious beliefs. Interesting..and its a different kind of read for me...nobody has ever accused me of being a religious person....


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 17, 2009, 03:09:35 PM
Hmmm... a nice thread resurrection. I like it.

I've been in classic mode. Dickens, Chesterton, Bronte, and I'm on my yearly stay on the island with Robinson Crusoe. I've probably learned more about life from that book than just about any other. There's something new and fresh with each visitation.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on May 17, 2009, 04:47:42 PM
Currently finishing "Merle's Door, Lessons from a Freethinking Dog" by Ted Kerasote (I got sidetracked) and "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion (A true story by a woman who lost her husband and only child within the span of one year). Both are useful to help keep life's priorities in perspective.

P.S. I read "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson a couple of years ago and it is an enjoyable book. I have hiked parts of the AT in PA, MD, VA and NY. If I were independently wealthy, I would take five or six months and hike the whole thing but I have to intertwine work in between my hiking trips, bike rides, guitar playing, restoring my dad's Old Town Canoe and fishing in Canada (Next weekend and 9 days in June). I will have two guitars and several books along for both trips.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: lyric_girl on May 18, 2009, 10:33:10 PM
I just started reading Charolette's Web. Actually I found it in a box of books someone gave me for my daughter. I started reading it to her last night but she's only 3 and it's a liitle to wordy with not enough pictures in it for liking. I just finished another book so I decided to read it myself. I haven't read it since I was a kid.

Jeff,

that is one of my favourite books ever. I have it in my collection and reread it every now and then.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on May 18, 2009, 11:16:24 PM
Gravity's Rainbow..Thomas Pynchon...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: gschaps on May 19, 2009, 03:18:47 PM
Non-fiction lately:  Hot, Flat and Crowded by Tom Friedman &  House of Cards by William D. Cohan.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on May 19, 2009, 04:17:06 PM
Gravity's Rainbow..Thomas Pynchon...

Walkerman, let me know how you like it.  That's one of those love it/hate it  books which evokes strong opinion either way.  It's on my "to read" list, and I'll be curious which opinion camp you may fall in.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on May 19, 2009, 10:17:46 PM
Walkerman, let me know how you like it.  That's one of those love it/hate it  books which evokes strong opinion either way.  It's on my "to read" list, and I'll be curious which opinion camp you may fall in.

It's a very difficult book to read.  I originally got it because Tom Robbins lists it as one of his great inspirations, and I reall, really like Tom Robbins (isn't Another Roadside Attraction the inspiration for the Da Vinci Code?).  Besides, what could be wrong with a book based upon a man's erections predicting V2 missile strikes?

Anyhow, I have to read it in sections, with long hiatuses between sections.  I'm no prude, but some of the perversions described just make me put the book down and begin a new haitus.  Then, I tell myself, it's just a book, and I begin anew.  Long story short, I have been reading it for well over 20 years and have yet to finish it.  Someday I will.  At that point, I hope I will look back and say it was worth it.  If I answer in the affirmitive, I probably try to read it front to back.

Now, wasn't that a helpful review?!?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on May 20, 2009, 02:20:11 PM
Actually, it was a helpful review.  I am finishing up a book called Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  I believe I started it a year ago almost--and while it's not a difficult read in terms of concepts presented, or even style of writing, there's a certain redundancy to it that has me put it down for long stretches.  The author was very inspired by Pynchon and has been compared to him often, so your review tells me that when I'm done with this book, I'm going to read a few quick, entertaining reads before embarking on anything that feels like work --i.e. Pynchon.  (This current book alternates between brilliant and dull; it is the brilliance that has me stick with it, for those who may wonder why I wouldn't just shelve it.)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on May 20, 2009, 03:03:27 PM
Actually, it was a helpful review.  I am finishing up a book called Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  I believe I started it a year ago almost--and while it's not a difficult read in terms of concepts presented, or even style of writing, there's a certain redundancy to it that has me put it down for long stretches.  The author was very inspired by Pynchon and has been compared to him often, so your review tells me that when I'm done with this book, I'm going to read a few quick, entertaining reads before embarking on anything that feels like work --i.e. Pynchon.  (This current book alternates between brilliant and dull; it is the brilliance that has me stick with it, for those who may wonder why I wouldn't just shelve it.)

If you haven't already read them, I'd gladly recommend Another Roadside Attraction and/or Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.  They almost have to be read at least twice, because it's difficult to see the actual plot until you are well into the book.  I think Robbins just uses the "plot" as a vehicle for discussing his views on life.  Second reads of them were much more enjoyable than the first reads.

If you like the outdoors, and want some light, but very funny stories, try "They Shoot Canoes, Don't They" or "Don't Sniff a Gift Fish" by Patrick McManus.


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Post by: Caleb on May 24, 2009, 02:12:15 PM
Currently reading Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton.


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Post by: jbrummer on May 24, 2009, 02:27:40 PM
Try a book called Gould's Book of Fish by an author from down under (whose name escapes me right now).  I think it's safe to say it will be unlike anything you've ever come across before.  A blend of history, meta-fiction, prison-escape, Faulkner, icthyology and oil painting.  Some very poetic passages and some great humor as well.  Probably not everybody's cup of tea, but worth a look. 

And of course, anything by Cormac McCarthy you can get your hands on.


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Post by: teh on May 26, 2009, 02:30:25 AM
jbrummer is right about Cormac McCarthy.

Just finished "No Country for Old Men." by Cormac McCarthy. and "Issac's Storm." by Erik Larson last month. I just started "City of Thieves" by David Benioff this weekend with the story set in Leningrad during the siege by the Nazi Army in WWII. Watched Sergeant York w/ Gary Cooper (set during WWI) while perusing the forum.

P.S. I was able to spend the weekend with my son who is an Army officer getting ready for his second deployment along with his wife who is also an officer who will be heading to her first deployment. He majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Military History so he is always a good resource for book recommendations. Don't forget to pause for a minute to think about Memorial Day and remember both the veterans and those on active duty including those in the National Guard and the Reserves. 


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Post by: Danny on May 26, 2009, 10:00:39 AM
jbrummer is right about Cormac McCarthy.

Just finished "No Country for Old Men." by Cormac McCarthy. and "Issac's Storm." by Erik Larson last month. I just started "City of Thieves" by David Benioff this weekend with the story set in Leningrad during the siege by the Nazi Army in WWII. Watched Sergeant York w/ Gary Cooper (set during WWI) while perusing the forum.

P.S. I was able to spend the weekend with my son who is an Army officer getting ready for his second deployment along with his wife who is also an officer who will be heading to her first deployment. He majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Military History so he is always a good resource for book recommendations. Don't forget to pause for a minute to think about Memorial Day and remember both the veterans and those on active duty including those in the National Guard and the Reserves. 
  Ditto  on "remembering".

  Also; Sergeant York is a great story.  (Apologies to the thought of the thread)


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Post by: jeremy3220 on May 30, 2009, 02:43:48 PM
I just started rereading 'Of Human Bondage' by W. Somerset Maugham. I read it a few years ago and have considered it perhaps my favorite book, it will be interesting to see how I feel about it this time around. So far the writing style has been a great relief after some of the last books I read which were too wordy(Brothers Karamazov and House of Leaves). I think it's a great skill to be able to express an idea with very few words.


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Post by: ryler on May 30, 2009, 05:29:57 PM
Jeremy,

I read Of Human Bondage and loved it, too.  Though I'd have to say that my all time favorite book was The Brothers Karamazov!  It may depend on which translation you read.  I read the one by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, a fairly recent translation.  I think Constance Garnett is the longstanding preeminent Russian translator, but I think the Pevear/Volokhonsky edition is more accessible.  Funny this taste thing.  I want to try War and Peace by the same translators, but am daunted by the sheer number of characters in that book.  And maybe a bit by the amount of French included in the text.  But someday I'll give it a stab.  I don't think I'd force myself to finish it, though, if entertainment eludes me.


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Post by: jeremy3220 on May 30, 2009, 07:56:06 PM
It may depend on which translation you read.  I read the one by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, a fairly recent translation. 

That's the one I read. The book seems to be comprised of really long conversations by characters I just can't relate to. However I did like Crime and Punishment.


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Post by: ryler on May 31, 2009, 11:36:40 AM
Well, ain't that funny because I thought Crime and Punishment, while a decent read, was an overextended trip into the deteriorating mental state of Raskolnikov.  And as Dostoevsky showed and showed and showed again that journey into self-punishment and innocence lost as it may intersect with mental illness, I thought he could have used some help from Reader's Digest editorial staff!  While The Brothers Karamazov had my rapt attention.  It was the whole orchestra while C & P was an unaccompanied bass, a well-played bass, but a lonely one. 



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Post by: Caleb on June 01, 2009, 05:02:42 PM
Currently reading:

Everyday Life In Medieval Times by Marjorie Rowling. It starts at the death of Charlemagne and goes from there. I'm just getting started but it's great so far. I like all the details about how things were done; the part about the scribes writing the books is of particular interest to me. Interesting stuff.


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Post by: Walkerman on June 01, 2009, 06:23:09 PM
Currently reading:

Everyday Life In Medieval Times by Marjorie Rowling. It starts at the death of Charlemagne and goes from there. I'm just getting started but it's great so far. I like all the details about how things were done; the part about the scribes writing the books is of particular interest to me. Interesting stuff.

Have you tried Will and Ariel Durant?  You can go into as much detail as you wish...or as little.  It's a great concept.


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Post by: Caleb on June 01, 2009, 06:35:55 PM
Have you tried Will and Ariel Durant?  You can go into as much detail as you wish...or as little.  It's a great concept.
When I read your comment as was thinking, "Who are Will and Ariel Durant?" Then, being the good bobble-head I am, I Googled them. WOW! How did I miss this stuff? Thanks for the heads up on this, Walkerman. I'm going to spend some time getting more acquainted.

 :thumb


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Post by: Danny on June 06, 2009, 03:48:52 AM
              Finished "A walk in the woods" by Bill Bryson. Not a bad read. I would like to see a book written by his companion "Katz" though. He was a splash of cold water in the face many times in the dull pages of this book.
               GA_ME lent me another book about the AT, I think it's the 1st man to ever do the whole 2,200 miles. I'll probably read some short stories by John Erickson first, to have some comic relief then start into that one.


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Post by: gusto5 on June 07, 2009, 03:00:10 AM
20,000 Leagues under the Sea.  :+1:


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Post by: robv on June 07, 2009, 09:02:15 PM
I was fortunate to inherit the set of Will and Ariel Durants books from my parents library.. so I grew up with them. A notable by Will Durant, I believe his first book, is the Story of Philosophy which I consider a great primer.
Rob


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Post by: Danny on June 09, 2009, 02:35:46 PM
  OK, I started "Walking with Spring" by Earl V. Shaffer. He's the 1st one to solo-hike the entire length of the AT.
   GA_ME lent me this book a few weeks ago when we linked up in Delaware. He was a long distance hiker himself before he became limited by a car accident.
                  Anyway it looks like a good book.
                       


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Post by: teh on June 30, 2009, 12:17:28 AM
I just finished two great books while on vacation that I would recommend looking to broaden their perspective:

1) "City of Thieves" by David Benioff which is based on the siege of Leningrad by the Germans during WWII and began watching a 12 hour documentary of WWII. The book was written by the author after conversations with his grandfather, a Russian immigrant.

2) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by journalist Jean Dominique-Bauby who suffered a stroke and was in a coma for 20 days. When he awakened he could only communicate by blinking his left eyelid to a transcriptionist. Dominique-Bauby got pneumonia and died two days after his book was published.

While I am on here, I am multi-tasking and watching correspondent Jason Jones on the Daily Show is doing man on the street interviews with U.S. and Iranian Citizens to see if they can name the other country's Presidents. I know it's comedy and fake news but it's still pretty funny. Gotta go play my guitar.


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Post by: FNG on June 30, 2009, 01:09:51 AM
Just finished "Worst Hard Time", about the Dirty Thirties, or the Dust Bowl.  Great history read.

Also read a short book about Charles Goodnight, a legendary Texas Panhandle cattleman who was the basis for Woodrow Call in Lonesome Dove.


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Post by: teh on July 20, 2009, 01:14:10 AM
I just finished "One Second After" by William Forstchen and I have not read anything that comes close. Both frightening and thought provoking.


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Post by: old folky on July 20, 2009, 11:27:48 AM
     Just started "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.  I think it was written around 1960.   Quite entertaining so far.

Old Folky


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Post by: ryler on July 20, 2009, 03:41:06 PM
Oh, To Kill a Mockingbird was an excellent read.  I am reading In The Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike.  So far, quite good.  He's an author (along with Saul Bellow) who I've always wanted to like, but while the writing has been impressive, the entertainment value less so.  I think I may not have given Mr. Updike a fair shake, for this one is both thought provoking and entertaining.  It's sort of an exegesis on the existence of God and faith as it affects humanity, told, of course, through fictional characters and their internal/external struggles.


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Post by: Walkerman on July 23, 2009, 01:47:29 PM
Just started Liberty and Tyranny....Levin.  So far, a real good read.


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Post by: Makarovii on July 25, 2009, 04:14:19 AM
Just finished "Guests Of The Ayatollah" by Mark Bowden, author of "Blackhawk Down."


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Post by: gusto5 on July 25, 2009, 06:55:45 AM
All the harry potter books are done.


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Post by: Will Fly on July 25, 2009, 08:31:59 AM
I've just finished "Truth Is Stranger Than Business" - the autobiography of Alton Delmore. If you want to get a feel for what it was like to be a country musician in the 1920s and 1930s, have a read. Fascinating stuff.


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Post by: Danny on July 25, 2009, 01:07:10 PM
   Romans,both Corinthians,Galatians and started on Ephesians.


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Post by: Caleb on July 28, 2009, 04:38:29 PM
dependan: That's some good reading there.

I'm on a poetry kick of late and have been reading lots of Robert Frost and William Blake.

I'm also reading Manalive by GK Chesterton.


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Post by: RoundLakeDT on July 28, 2009, 09:00:50 PM
In the middle of "Life on the Mississippi" by Twain.  Very entertaining, billed as a true (mostly) account of his early life & times


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Post by: Danny on July 29, 2009, 12:32:47 AM
dependan: That's some good reading there.

I'm on a poetry kick of late and have been reading lots of Robert Frost and William Blake.

I'm also reading Manalive by GK Chesterton.
  I just finished Ephesians and Philippians and will just continue on thru Revelation. Then start back at Matthew.    A necessary daily requirement for me.


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Post by: Caleb on July 29, 2009, 02:12:00 PM
  I just finished Ephesians and Philippians and will just continue on thru Revelation. Then start back at Matthew.    A necessary daily requirement for me.
I'm in the middle of Matthew right now myself.


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Post by: hatofthecat on July 31, 2009, 11:11:37 AM
...on last 30 pages of "Belching Out the Devil" by Mark Thomas (a UK satirist) on the activities of the Coca Cola corporation in 3rd world countries.

About to start "Making History" by Stepen Fry (actor, plays Jeeves in the TV series "Jeeves and Wooster" and many other things, panel show host, writer, documentary chap.... your basic renaissance man...).

Pete


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Post by: bhika on July 31, 2009, 04:40:13 PM
I usually read historical fiction but after just seeing the movie "Get Shorty" I read the book by Elmore Leonard and am now reading "Maximum Bob". I like the eclectic cast of characters in his books.


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Post by: Dotneck on August 12, 2009, 01:18:27 AM
Recently started "Big Box Swindle"..interesting book about how mega-giant corporate retailers are impacting the economic and social culture around the world.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 12, 2009, 02:04:38 PM
Currently:

A Simple Path by Mother Teresa


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Post by: ryler on August 13, 2009, 09:06:31 PM
Inside, Outside by Herman Wouk.  So far, he's introducing too many new characters too quickly and I'm not developing enough interest in the ones I'm already familiar with.  We'll see.  That, I believe, is an oft-levied criticism of Tolstoy in War and Peace, which is a book on my to-be-read list.  If that's a quality I can't roll with, maybe War and Peace will not never be completed.  Has anyone here read War and Peace and liked it?


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Post by: Caleb on August 14, 2009, 02:08:43 PM
  Has anyone here read War and Peace and liked it?
It's on my list of things to do before I die.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 14, 2009, 07:24:40 PM
It's on my list of things to do before I die.

Creature, it might just take from now until you die to finish it.  I'd get going if I were you.   :bgrin:


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Post by: Caleb on August 14, 2009, 08:31:57 PM
True... it is a big one. But I think when I do get to it I'll read it via audiobook. It might still take 6 months worth of drivetime though.


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Post by: gschaps on August 14, 2009, 08:39:26 PM
OpenGL Programming Guide (aka "The Red Book"), 7th Edition.  Just released!   :humour:


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Post by: teh on August 14, 2009, 10:19:24 PM
I picked up the audio CD set of :"Mornings on Horseback" by David McCullough which traces Theodore Roosevelt's life from birth through his presidency.

He wrote his own speeches, commentary and books and personally replied to letters he received. After he lost the support of the Republican Party and formed the Bull Moose Party to run as a Presidential Candidate. He was actually shot in the chest in Wisconsin on his way into a campaign stop. The bullet hit his spectacles (glass) case and the folded over copy of the speech in his coat pocket and penetrated 3 inches into his chest. He delivered the speech with a gunshot wound and after his remarks, he went to the hospital and they decided to leave the bullet because they thought it would be more dangerous to try to remove it.


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Post by: Caleb on August 15, 2009, 05:26:11 PM
I picked up the audio CD set of :"Mornings on Horseback" by David McCullough which traces Theodore Roosevelt's life from birth through his presidency.

He wrote his own speeches, commentary and books and personally replied to letters he received. After he lost the support of the Republican Party and formed the Bull Moose Party to run as a Presidential Candidate. He was actually shot in the chest in Wisconsin on his way into a campaign stop. The bullet hit his spectacles (glass) case and the folded over copy of the speech in his coat pocket and penetrated 3 inches into his chest. He delivered the speech with a gunshot wound and after his remarks, he went to the hospital and they decided to leave the bullet because they thought it would be more dangerous to try to remove it.
That's an amazing piece of history. I might have to see if my local library has this one on audio CD. I read McCullough's 1776 last year and enjoyed it very much.


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Post by: BluesMan1 on August 22, 2009, 07:32:21 PM
   Just for fun, Robin Cook's new one, "Foreign Body". An easy read & fun while I'm waiting for others to come back to the library! Not as deep as most of these others, but keeps me busy. It will be over real soon!
     Jeff   :guitar


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Post by: Makarovii on August 25, 2009, 04:09:38 AM
The last one was "Prey" by Michael Crichton and am now about half way through "Who They Were" by Robert C. Shaler.


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Post by: old folky on August 25, 2009, 10:48:57 AM
Just started "Woodstock Revisited" by Susan Reynolds.  Seemed like a good time to read it as it's been 40 years ago this month. 

Old Folky


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Post by: Danny on August 25, 2009, 08:42:43 PM
       My wife and I browsed through a little used thrift store in Utopia,Texas this morning. No Air conditioning in the area I was in , searching for a ''hidden treasure'' in the form of a 100 year old book or some rare one. This is how I found a 100 year old copy of "Pilgims Progress" 25 years ago.
       Anyway I found three nice books. Two were from the 60's but in top condition. Hardback and $1 each. The other was new and $5 (originally $19) My wife is reading one now and I'm reading one.
              Here are a few lines from "Wings of silver"

          "No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting"

          "The love of reading enables a man to exchange the wearisome hours of life, which come to every one,
              for hours of delight."

                                      (The name of the little store is "Hidden Treasures") :donut


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 25, 2009, 08:47:33 PM
   One more little quote form "Wings of silver" in the JOY chapter.

        "Don't spend your days stringing and tuning your instrument--start making music now"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 26, 2009, 12:25:34 AM
   One more little quote form "Wings of silver" in the JOY chapter.

        "Don't spend your days stringing and tuning your instrument--start making music now"

Clearly written in the days before internet forums where maybe one would tend the instrument rather than play instead of talking about the instrument rather than play!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 26, 2009, 12:27:52 AM
Clearly written in the days before internet forums where maybe one would tend the instrument rather than play instead of talking about the instrument rather than play!
                It spoke to me. I just put my guitar back up.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 26, 2009, 02:02:02 PM
Whatever Happened To The Human Race by Francis Schaeffer


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 26, 2009, 02:04:05 PM
What is "Whatever Happened to the Human Race" about?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 26, 2009, 04:30:52 PM
What is "Whatever Happened to the Human Race" about?
Abortion, Infanticide and Euthanasia and how they relate to culture in general. It was written in the early 80s.

***** If anyone is tempted to jump in with any political or religious jabs, don't. This is a great thread and I'm simply answering a question.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 26, 2009, 05:27:19 PM
Creature,

Thanks for answering my question.  I am reading two books:  the fiction is The Book Thief, recommended by my MIL.  So far so good, but I'm early into it.  And the second is Positive Energy by Judith Orloff.  I kind of get the impression that Orloff may be the Dr. Phil/Oprah associated spiritualist to the stars, but nonetheless, I am finding her book a peaceful meditative start to my day every morning.

I did bail on the last two books I mentioned, the Updike and Wouk books.  Neither captured my heart quicky enough and I really wanted a book that was a refuge rather than an "ought".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 26, 2009, 06:14:13 PM
  "Gone are the days"   This is one I found at the little resale shop. It is really neat and it turns out to be written from a woman who grew up here in Utopia. Annalee Burns.
   This is a very good read of an America long gone now.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 26, 2009, 06:32:07 PM
I've read several "ought" books myself, and while I do enjoy some of them, and while some are still on my list (Tolstoy et al) I like to just happen upon one and enjoy it.

Resale shops and old used bookstores are a haven for me. When I find one I want to settle in for hours. My wife sighs...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 26, 2009, 06:37:02 PM
      After reading several paragraphs from different chapters to my wife, she now has "Gone are the days"  I'll get to finish it later I guess.
                          What are "ought" books creature?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 26, 2009, 06:37:48 PM
  "Gone are the days"   This is one I found at the little resale shop. It is really neat and it turns out to be written from a woman who grew up here in Utopia. Annalee Burns.
   This is a very good read of an America long gone now.
The title intrigued me, so I googled... I'm not finding much about this book, but it does sound very interesting. Would you care to give a bit more info and a somewhat general review?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 26, 2009, 06:39:32 PM

                          What are "ought" books creature?
Books that you "ought to" read, like Moby Dick, The Grapes of Wrath, Treasure Island, anything by Shakespeare, et al. Books that are so famous everyone either has read them, or acts like they have.

 :arrow


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Post by: Danny on August 26, 2009, 06:55:00 PM
The title intrigued me, so I googled... I'm not finding much about this book, but it does sound very interesting. Would you care to give a bit more info and a somewhat general review?
              This is a Memoir of life in the Sabinal river canyon area of the Texas hill country. Specifically around Utopia from a little before the great depression through the sixties I believe.
   I love the the language and the culture revealed in it.
                Chapters are:
   Summer Kin
   The thrashers coming
   Play and pastime
   Oldtime religion
   Remedies and cures
   I remember father
   This is canyon country
   Christmas gift
   I heard a fella say
   School days
   "I love you little"

               Life in rural Texas among a loving family. A large family with everyone pitching in to do there part. It is written well and draws you in to a time long gone now. I have many memories that relate to things she writes about. Of course I am 30 years younger and grew up in rural Missouri, but rural farm life has similarities in all cultures I suppose.
               We are here in Utopia to escape the big city ''chaos" a few days and to discover this book, begin reading it and realize a few chapters into it that it is a memoir of life right here 70 years ago or so makes being here even a little more relaxing.
                I asked a few people about the book and though it was out of print they had some reprints done a few years ago. In fact I found one in town a few hours ago.
                I hope this helps. It is a good book and my review probably does not do it justice.


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Post by: Caleb on August 26, 2009, 08:21:42 PM
              This is a Memoir of life in the Sabinal river canyon area of the Texas hill country. Specifically around Utopia from a little before the great depression through the sixties I believe.
   I love the the language and the culture revealed in it.
                Chapters are:
   Summer Kin
   The thrashers coming
   Play and pastime
   Oldtime religion
   Remedies and cures
   I remember father
   This is canyon country
   Christmas gift
   I heard a fella say
   School days
   "I love you little"

               Life in rural Texas among a loving family. A large family with everyone pitching in to do there part. It is written well and draws you in to a time long gone now. I have many memories that relate to things she writes about. Of course I am 30 years younger and grew up in rural Missouri, but rural farm life has similarities in all cultures I suppose.
               We are here in Utopia to escape the big city ''chaos" a few days and to discover this book, begin reading it and realize a few chapters into it that it is a memoir of life right here 70 years ago or so makes being here even a little more relaxing.
                I asked a few people about the book and though it was out of print they had some reprints done a few years ago. In fact I found one in town a few hours ago.
                I hope this helps. It is a good book and my review probably does not do it justice.
Wow, that does help. I live in Texas myself, so now I'm double interested. Thanks.


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Post by: Danny on August 26, 2009, 08:32:49 PM
Wow, that does help. I live in Texas myself, so now I'm double interested. Thanks.
  We are going back into town now to get some groceries and grille some steaks. So I am going to stop and buy that new copy I saw at another shop. I will make it available to you. I know your love of books and would like to send this one to you.


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Post by: Caleb on August 27, 2009, 12:14:53 AM
  We are going back into town now to get some groceries and grille some steaks. So I am going to stop and buy that new copy I saw at another shop. I will make it available to you. I know your love of books and would like to send this one to you.
Wow, Dan, that would be great. Let me know how much it is and we'll go from there. Very thoughtful of you!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 27, 2009, 02:39:30 AM
Wow, Dan, that would be great. Let me know how much it is and we'll go from there. Very thoughtful of you!
  Well I got the copy. The store owner said it was the last one she knew of from the reprint in 2002. It is also signed by the Author. I would rather keep the old one that I found at the resale shop so you can have the new copy. It's only $10. I checked online before finding this one and they were 19 to 25 for the old copies. Anyway PM me and I'll UPS it your way.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ianc on August 27, 2009, 01:01:15 PM
I have just finished reading a book by a Scottish comedian,named Billy Connolly titled  Journey to the Edge of the World. Billy takes you on a 10 week trip across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific,via the Northwest Passage.
He tells you the history of the  North West Passage,and his encounters with the natives on route.I usually don't read travel books,but I found this one very interesting (as I knew nothing about the passage's history).
 
If you want to read a good travel adventure then I would recommend this book,it is also quite funny.
In the book they say a DVD is coming out,but I have been unable to find it.  The photos in the book are very picturesque
 
Ian


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 27, 2009, 02:09:18 PM
  Well I got the copy. The store owner said it was the last one she knew of from the reprint in 2002. It is also signed by the Author. I would rather keep the old one that I found at the resale shop so you can have the new copy. It's only $10. I checked online before finding this one and they were 19 to 25 for the old copies. Anyway PM me and I'll UPS it your way.

PM sent.

 :cheers


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on August 30, 2009, 02:58:25 AM
Shop Class as Soul Craft -Matthew Crawford
The Theology of John Calvin - Karl Barth


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 31, 2009, 02:54:36 AM
   Well I just finished ''Gone are the days." I would like it to have more chapters and not have ended so soon. As it was I slowed down my reading of it because it was easy to just stay in that simpler time and enjoy the families and characters that came through the pages in such a vividly real way.
    I think I'll have to find some more memoirs of a simpler time to help me remember my own roots and the noble men and women from the farms of rural America. Anyway it was a good read. :donut


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: hatofthecat on September 03, 2009, 12:05:13 PM
I have just finished reading a book by a Scottish comedian,named Billy Connolly titled  Journey to the Edge of the World. Billy takes you on a 10 week trip across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific,via the Northwest Passage.
He tells you the history of the  North West Passage,and his encounters with the natives on route.I usually don't read travel books,but I found this one very interesting (as I knew nothing about the passage's history).
 
If you want to read a good travel adventure then I would recommend this book,it is also quite funny.
In the book they say a DVD is coming out,but I have been unable to find it.  The photos in the book are very picturesque
 
Ian

DVD came out last year in UK and Australia but I don't think North America (as it was not a BBC series I guess).  Its on Amazon UK if you have a DVD player that can read Region 2 discs. Alternatively search on Youtube for "billy connolly edge of world".... its all there I think.

Billy is a Scottish gem.  I used to have cassette tapes of his stand up shows in my car.  Great way to pass the time on long winter journeys home. "marchin' through the heeeeeeeee-eeeeeather..."  :laughin:

Pete


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ianc on September 11, 2009, 02:32:22 PM
I have just finished reading a book by David Baldacci, The Whole Truth. It is a political thriller, and once you start you will not put it down.
This is the 2nd book,I have read by this author in 3 weeks. The other book was The Camel Club. The author has written 14 books,and I plan on reading his other works.
I have just discovered this author but he is a best selling writer.
 
Ian


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on September 11, 2009, 03:19:03 PM
Been on a reading binge lately.   Just finished "That Old Cape Magic" by one of my favorite authors, Richard Russo.

In the process of reading "Travels With Charley" by Steinbeck.   Spent a little time on Cannery Row in Monterey last weekend and kinda re-connected with the Steinbeck vibe.    My goal for the immediate future is to read or re-read the entire Steinbeck catalog.   Travels with Charley is a great travelogue from the early 60's.   To read his commentary about urban growth and the wasting of natural resources 40-some years after he wrote this is pretty sobering.  We haven't come very far it seems.
Up next:  Cannery Row, East of Eden, etc.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on September 11, 2009, 03:45:48 PM
Been on a reading binge lately.   Just finished "That Old Cape Magic" by one of my favorite authors, Richard Russo.

In the process of reading "Travels With Charley" by Steinbeck.   Spent a little time on Cannery Row in Monterey last weekend and kinda re-connected with the Steinbeck vibe.    My goal for the immediate future is to read or re-read the entire Steinbeck catalog.   Travels with Charley is a great travelogue from the early 60's.   To read his commentary about urban growth and the wasting of natural resources 40-some years after he wrote this is pretty sobering.  We haven't come very far it seems.
Up next:  Cannery Row, East of Eden, etc.
  My wife read "Travels with Charley" and would comment to me about the humorous passages. I may read that one soon myself. (I'm a bit afraid of it stirring up the wanderer in me though.)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on September 11, 2009, 05:20:17 PM
  My wife read "Travels with Charley" and would comment to me about the humorous passages. I may read that one soon myself. (I'm a bit afraid of it stirring up the wanderer in me though.)

Danny
I know what you mean.  It kinda stirred the urge to set out on a cross-country trip myself.   Just like when I read Kerouac's "On the Road".   I don't know whether I'd want to do it with only my dog for companionship though.  Might get pretty lonely.  Unless, of course, it was a special dog like Charley who was born outside Paris and barked with a French accent.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on September 11, 2009, 05:49:47 PM
I'm about to start 'The Good Earth' by Pearl S. Buck.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 11, 2009, 07:44:49 PM
Travels With Charley is one of my favorite books, and if it weren't for East of Eden it would be my favorite Steinbeck work. If you like a good "hit the road" book, take a look at Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller (I think it might have been published under a different name originally). He and a buddy hit the road during the 90s and had some amazing adventures. I don't like Miller's theological books, but I really enjoyed this one and can highly recommend it.

I just finished up Gone Are the Days by Annalee Burns (thanks to dependan) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to post a review of it but I've been short on online time of late. I'll try to get to it soon. I will say though that it was one of the most enjoyable books I've read all year. I'll be rereading it, along with Michael Johnathon's Woodsongs next year (another one I highly recommend).

Right now I'm reading The Diary of Anne Frank.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: lw216316 on September 11, 2009, 07:52:12 PM
WOW, This topic is 3 years old   :ohmy:
It has been here ever since I became a member.

I never looked at it before.
Today, curiosity finally caused me to find out
WHO started this topic that has lasted so long...
and
WHAT did they say?

I found it was by THE CREATURE and the original post was
Quote
just finished:
man in the mirror - patrick morley

currently reading:
velvet elvis - rob bell
bible - various authors

about to read:
the grace awakening - chuck swindoll
pilgrim's progress - john bunyon
bible - various authors

- that really got my interest so I'll post another reply to explain why,
and what I'm currently reading.

- Larry


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: lw216316 on September 11, 2009, 08:02:39 PM
As I scanned thru some of the pages,
my first surprise was at how many people were posting to it
that I don't see anymore.

My second surprise was that the creature mentioned

Quote
currently reading:

bible - various authors

about to read:
the grace awakening - chuck swindoll
pilgrim's progress - john bunyon
bible - various authors

and as I looked thru some of the hundreds of responses
I saw very little comment about these books or anyone else
currently reading one of them, especially the Bible.

The Bible was the FIRST book printed and has been the MOST printed book
and is extremely popular in sales today.

Why so few comments about it, especially since The Creature made references to it ?

I'll respond specifically to the Bible in his list and my reading of it in my next post.

- Larry


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: lw216316 on September 11, 2009, 08:16:22 PM
As those of you who know me by my posts are aware,
I ask lots of questions to educate myself.

After surviving my teenage years in the 60s, living in dysfunctional family groups and finally going through
a divorce that almost killed me.
I started asking questions.
Who am I, what's the meaning of my life, will I ever be happy, what's the use of living........is there a God ?

At that time I hated the Christian church and wanted nothing to do with the Bible etc....

There were lots of places to be searched for such answers: mind altering drugs, alcohol, women,
transcendental meditation, major religions of the world.

Each search into those areas left me without answers.

You guys know how I am about keeping at it until I get answers  :bgrin:

After a detailed study of all the major religions of the world and finding no answers,
I was at a frustrating point of giving up.

Then I did what I never thought I would do - I decided to explore Christianity.
Not by going to church - what a revolting thought that was to me.
I knew the Bible was the Christian's book.
I decided to read it.

If you are interested, read my next post, if not skip it -
I'll explain why I rejected what I was reading in the Bible.

- Larry


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: lw216316 on September 11, 2009, 08:38:28 PM
continuation- what happened when I decided to look for answers in the Bible.

I began to read the Bible while living my usual lifestyle  (not worth mentioning).

Like any other book I started at page 1 and intended to read all of it.
I did not like what I was reading. I had a red pen and put question marks
beside all the parts I disagreed with - and there were many !

This went on for months. Then about 1/3 of the way through the book,
my criticism eased up and the frequency of the red question marks slowed down.

I was reading the writings of a King (David) who went through severe problems.
Like some song writers in our times often do,
he put his emotions and experiences down in songs.

I related to the guy and the misery I had experienced and was still going through.
This song writer poured out his heart in his songs -
and as I listened to them they touched my heart - just like good songs do today to me.

He had my attention and the red pen lay unused.
Then David told of how his questions and needs were answered.

He convinced me with his songs.

That was in 1974. I finished reading the rest of the book -
then I read it again-...and again...and again - non stop over the years.
 
So, to answer your question, Mr Creature

I just finished reading the Book you listed.
I'm currently reading the Book you listed....
and the next book I plan to read is the Book you listed  :bgrin: :bgrin: :bgrin:

Although I'm just now beginning to understand it after all these years (the Guy who wrote it is infinitely intelligent) -
(and I have a very finite mind...)
the author enlisted me as one of the teachers of His book.

- that's my story and I'm stickin' to it  :thumb

- Larry


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 11, 2009, 09:22:38 PM
Larry -

I really enjoyed your posts. Thanks for the glimpse into your world.

And, by the way, I'm still reading the Bible as well. I'm currently in the Gospel of Luke, but I try to grab a chapter out of the Proverbs each day as well.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on September 11, 2009, 09:27:31 PM
Larry -

I really enjoyed your posts. Thanks for the glimpse into your world.

And, by the way, I'm still reading the Bible as well. I'm currently in the Gospel of Luke, but I try to grab a chapter out of the Proverbs each day as well.
    As I am in Matthew. Finished Revelation a week or so ago. I also read other passages from the Bible daily. Unless I just miss it for different reasons.

   (I still look forward to your review of "Gone are the days")


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 12, 2009, 06:40:33 PM

Here’s my review of Gone Are the Days by Annalee Burns. Again, I’d like to thank Danny (dependan) for the very generous and gracious act of buying me this book and mailing it to me on his dime. I showed some interest in the book in this thread and out of nowhere he picked up a copy for me. Such random acts of kindness are things that make life beautiful, and they are the things that spread goodness and cheer in this world. I hope those words don’t embarrass him too much, but they are true and from the heart.

About the book:
This book is only 95 pages, but Mrs. Burns said a ton in relatively few words. It was published in 1960. It’s basically just a personal memoir of her life and life in the small community of Utopia, Texas. The dedication page reads: To Mother and Father who gave us a happy childhood. O that my own children can one day say the same thing, and O that more children in this world would be able to say it as well.

The first chapter is about how “Summer Kin” would come and stay for a week or two. This never happened in my own childhood, since life was pretty much work and my family never took the time to go and visit relatives. But this was apparently once a huge part of country living, and it was something to be looked forward to. I could picture an old house with creaking wooden floors full of relatives catching up on the goings-on of the year as the smell of fried chicken and fresh baked pies filled the air. I could picture the sound of children running and laughing outside in the yard. The sound would have bled through the open windows of the old house. Family was huge to those people and you could sense the joy Mrs. Burns had writing about it.

It was interesting to read how the “thrasher” would move from farm to farm as the oats were harvested. The hosting family would feed the entire crew of workers. I grew up around farming but I never experienced anything like that. I could picture everyone pitching in and helping. And even though some were being paid to be there doing the work, those things made the communities closer and stronger than our fenced in, blinds-drawn society of today.

The chapter titled “Play and Pastime” really struck me as well. She pointed out how kids used to just spontaneously play and make their own fun, but how now (then in the 50s and 60s) the fun is all “organized” like a school prom. She made some great comments about all the time and effort taken in setting up a school prom and how many of the kids just stare at their shoes all night as the bewildered parents that went to all the trouble stood there dumbfounded. Speaking of the prom in particular she wrote: “I love young people and I deplore the situation.  They think they’re having a good time, but where is the spontaneous fun of the Sunday afternoon Kodiaking and violet-picking excursion and the Saturday night parlor party? Are we parents at fault for having hatched up too much planned activity?”  I guess I’d never thought about it before since I’m a Gen-Xer and have pretty much had most of my fun planned for me all my life. But I can see the point she was making, that something beautiful is lost when the parents decide what will be “fun” for the kids. But if you leave the kids alone they’ll make their own fun that would be more meaningful to them anyway. I think most parties and activities really are more for the parents anyway. Looking back at some of my own kids’ birthday parties I can see where I went all out just to make a big show. I’d just never thought about it before.

I liked the chapters about old-time religious tent meetings and all the homemade remedies of the day. It made me want to live out in the country and raise my own food and kill my own chickens and teach my children to do the same. I started thinking about how disconnected we all are as a society from many of the things that make up our lives. Like growing our own food. For most of us, we go to the market and get our produce and meat. Children probably have never stopped to think that those things actually came from somewhere. To them that stuff is just there each time they go to the store and there’s always more than enough, so you just pick the best and move on. But surely this has robbed many of us of something very human and very humbling. Surely it would do us all some good to have to kill our own food from time to time and to tend a garden and hope (or pray) for rain enough to see the crops through. Surely our plastic world has stripped us of more of our humanity than we know. These are the things this book made me think of. I wept inside as I looked around at my life and how cheap it is compared to what this lady experienced. I was sad to know my own children will likely never get to experience those things. But at the same time it made to take stock and see how I can simplify my life and put some of those things into action in the midst of my city life. And who knows, maybe one day I will make it to the country.

After reading the chapter titled “I Remember Father” you could tell that he planted the seeds of creativity in her life. I loved this line: “He loved and appreciated music, poetry, and good literature. He had wings to fly, but a very small sky.” That’s powerful stuff. I like how he refused to let being “country” make his world dull and lifeless when it came to art. And he managed to pass that on to his children.

But my favorite part of the book was “School Days.” She nailed it when she wrote: “I had a high school teacher who introduced me to the beauty of words expressed in good poetry.  I am always sad when I hear today’s children declare that they hate that silly old mushy stuff.  They do not walk to school, or live in a house heated with one fireplace and a wood stove in winter or go through the hot summers without electric refrigeration, so they are never too cold, hot or hungry.  They take physical comfort entirely for granted and they see no reason to escape comfortable reality by daydreaming over poetry or classic tales of adventure.  Television and comics provide them with a cheaper and more easily digested version.”  And THAT was written in 1960! What more could be said today?

But she wasn’t angry or out to just slam the modern world, but she was just showing how there used to be a better time to be alive. Gone Are the Days is one of the best books I’ve read all year. It stirred me on the inside and made me want to change things. It made me THINK, which is the ultimate test for me as to whether a book is good or not.

Anyway, I said I’d post a review, so I did. Thanks again, Danny!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on September 12, 2009, 07:04:28 PM
  Samuel, your review brought back the feelings the book stirred in me. You said it all very well. I read your review to my wife and she enjoyed it also.
               I believe the title is correct for the book and our country; "Gone are the days"

                    Thanks for doing such a good job on reviewing this little book :thumbsup


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on September 13, 2009, 12:45:23 AM
Just started "My American Journey" by Colin Powell and already on chapter 4. Fort Benning was his first stop after being commissioned as a 2LT and that's where my son went for jump school between his junior and senior year of college.

Finished "Band of Brothers" and will start "Undaunted Coverage" next. Bought "The War" by Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns and took my wife to see David McCullough speak two weeks ago. Grabbed a used copy of John Adams so that should keep me busy until Halloween.

P.S. Two gift idea for those in the military or college: We bought my son a "Kindle" for his second deployment and he can download books from Amazon. Less expensive and less hassle than mailing.

"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude." Colin Powell


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Makarovii on September 13, 2009, 04:52:01 AM
Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles by Pleijsier Hubert. Thank you Mark Demaray!  :thumb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 29, 2009, 09:07:00 PM
I'm on a poetry kick. I'm lost in a book of Robert Frost's work right now. I'm having a ball with it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on October 09, 2009, 01:32:34 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
The Power of Intention, Wayne Dyer


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Johnny M on October 09, 2009, 02:08:25 PM
On Celtic Tide by Chris Duff.  It's about his kayak trip around the coast of Ireland.  Great read if you're into kayaking.

John


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on October 10, 2009, 08:38:41 PM
NATURE GIRL by Carl Hiaasen.
similar to some of the Edward Abbey novels in its outlandish silliness.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Bailey on October 12, 2009, 02:28:59 PM
Just read-- In Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day

Reading--Faith and Doubt



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on October 28, 2009, 11:52:32 AM
'The World According to Garp'- I'm not so sure about this one. I'm starting to think it maybe full of the craziest events the author can think of to make up for the lack of substance.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: NotRevGDavis on October 28, 2009, 04:02:53 PM
Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain. I finally got around to reading this book after seeing No Reservations. Having worked in the food industry as a pearl diver (dishwasher), sous chef, back up line cook and bacon cooker (hundreds of 2'x3' sheets every day from 11pm to 7am all day, every day at a large casino) and all that before my 17th bday I really had no desire to read about food service but Anthony Bourdain is a fantastic guide through the food industry.
I recently bought Stiff but haven't started it yet.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dotneck on October 29, 2009, 03:12:47 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig

one of my favorite books....its probably time to read it again....


Just started "The Girl in the Orange Dress". Its auto-biographical...about a woman who was adopted as a baby...and that experience and the divorce of her adopted parents led her to a relationship with Jesus after searching for "a father that would not leave."

Being an adoptee,  I like to read all kinds of books about adoption and the impact that it can have on people's lives....


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Daysailer on October 30, 2009, 02:32:42 AM
Jimmy Buffet's, " Tales from Margaritaville" and "A Salty Piece of Land"

The second is a sequel and continuation of the first. 
Fun, Light fiction that reeks of Buffet's laid back style and imagination.

Also "Kayaks you can build"
everyone needs a second hobby when the fingertips are too abused from excessive playing.  :doh


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on October 30, 2009, 04:43:24 AM
                 "GUITAR PLAYER REPAIR GUIDE"  3rd Edition   by Dan Erlewine

It's a tough read, but I think I'll wind up reading it over and over. In fact I have read some sections several times already.   ;0)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: leerichards on November 08, 2009, 09:30:31 AM
Daysailer, is that our Jimmy Buffet? If so, well done Jimmy - talented guy. :thumb  I'm reading "The Revenge of Gaia"by James Lovelock. I've been following his writings for about ten years now and have been amazed at the rapidity that his "wacky" theory has become pretty much mainstream scientific thinking on "whole earth" ecosystem matters. Rick.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on November 14, 2009, 03:25:46 AM
  Just finished "Walking With Spring" by Earl V. Shaffer, this is the man who did the first solo Thru-hike of the Appalachain Trail.
  It is a very easy read, once you get past the forward (full of facts and dates)
He walked over 2000 miles thru mountains from Georgia to Maine.

                       (Thanks for lending me the book GA_ME. I'll mail it home now)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on November 14, 2009, 04:30:31 PM
The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Strings4Him on November 14, 2009, 11:07:56 PM
It is very encouraging to see people who still enjoy the printed page, both digitally and otherwise.  I am also encouraged to see many who enjoy the Bible.  The grass withers and the flower fades, but the Word of God endures forever.  Press on brothers (and sisters).


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on November 14, 2009, 11:10:10 PM
It is very encouraging to see people who still enjoy the printed page, both digitally and otherwise.  I am also encouraged to see many who enjoy the Bible.  The grass withers and the flower fades, but the Word of God endures forever.  Press on brothers (and sisters).
  I've got two chapters left in Luke, then on to John.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 16, 2009, 02:48:23 AM
I'm still on a poetry kick, but have been in the Bible pretty heavily as well. I read The Book of Job last week, as well as Ecclesiastes a couple times; I am now continuing in the Book of Psalms. I think there are a few of the Psalms I've never actually read, and many more that I've not read in years. It's a huge book with lots of ground to cover. I've not read as many books this year as I had hoped, but I still managed to fit in 40 or so. But the rest of the year isn't looking good. There just wasn't the time.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: pennerblue on November 16, 2009, 07:55:28 AM
I'm reading a book about another "god"...
Johnny Cash's autobiography.

He was a very religious man, and wrote a religious novel about St.Paul called "The Man in White"...anyone read that?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on November 20, 2009, 12:29:22 AM
I just opened up my birthday present from my son and daughter-in-law: Three books from Amazon:

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton - True story about a small band of Special Forces Soldiers who entered Afghanistan after 9/11

Where Men Win Glory, The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Kraukauer - True story of Pat Tillman who walked away from the NFL to join the Army.

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom 

This should keep me busy until Valentine's Day.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Trinity Guitars on November 20, 2009, 12:11:39 PM
The Shack.  Any one else read this one?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on November 20, 2009, 04:29:32 PM
The Shack.  Any one else read this one?

Jim, although this book has been on the best-seller list and has gotten tons of hype I couldn't get more than halfway through it.  It's one of a very few books I just gave up on.    I don't know why it's gotten so many rave reviews.  Must be something I just didn't get.  I take it that you are enjoying it ?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: dberch on November 20, 2009, 04:38:18 PM
Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Blue in VT on November 20, 2009, 04:51:09 PM
 :laughin: :laughin: :laughin: :bgrin:

Thats funny Dave...I've been on a SciFi kick myself lately....I've gotten caught up in the Series of novels and Short stories about a futuristic mercenary armor unit called Hammer's Slammers by David Drake.  They have recently condensed all the novels and short stories into 3 volumes....currently chewing through vol.2.  I picked up the first one when I was flying home to Ohio to visit my folks....it looked cheesy and like something that would fill some time but I wasn't expecting much....it took a little while to get into but now I'm hooked and can't wait to get the 3rd volume too.

Cheers,

Blue


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: hatofthecat on December 09, 2009, 03:02:24 PM
"My Wicked Wicked Ways" Errol  Flynn's (ghost written) autobiography...

Quite a tale/s and definitely not a guy to leave your wife, or anything else you had of value alone with   :cop:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 09, 2009, 03:09:03 PM
I've got two going right now:

Mark Twain's Autobiography

&

Woodsgons 2 by Michael Johnathon.

I really loved Woodsongs (the first book) and am enjoying this one as well. The guy is a great story-teller and I tend to appreciate his views on creativity. But... his books are packed with grammatical errors, which really, really bothers me. I think that if anything is worth being taken to print, it's worth a good editing job. That may seem petty but it genuinely bugs me. I think the least an author can do is get his grammar correct, for credibility's sake.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 09, 2009, 03:12:35 PM
I've got two going right now:

Mark Twain's Autobiography

&

Woodsgons 2 by Michael Johnathon.

I really loved Woodsongs (the first book) and am enjoying this one as well. The guy is a great story-teller and I tend to appreciate his views on creativity. But... his books are packed with grammatical errors, which really, really bothers me. I think that if anything is worth being taken to print, it's worth a good editing job. That may seem petty but it genuinely bugs me.
  "Roughing it" is also a Twain autobiography that I enjoyed immensely.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Johnny M on December 09, 2009, 05:40:08 PM
I just finished reading "On Celtic Tides" by Chris Duff.  It's about his solo circumnavigation of Ireland by sea kayak.  Really good read if you like travel/adventure stories. 

I just started another book by Chris Duff called "Southern Exposure" which is about his trip around the south island of New Zealand by kayak.  This book also has a few pictures with it as well and illustrated maps.  Its caught my attention and Chris is also a good writer.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Bug on December 10, 2009, 10:02:07 AM
Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven

I read that soo long ago. One of my favorites.  I should reread it.

I just finished "So Brave, Young, and Handsome" by Lief Enger - what a great writer!  His style in this book is so colorful and down to earth.  Anybody else read this?

I just started Neil Stephenson's "Anathem".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on December 10, 2009, 02:03:51 PM

I just finished "So Brave, Young, and Handsome" by Lief Enger - what a great writer!  His style in this book is so colorful and down to earth.  Anybody else read this?


Bug, I haven't started So Brave, Young and Handsome yet, but Leif Enger really stunned me with Peace Like a River.  I am anxious to read this second novel.  Glad to hear that you liked it.

I'm in the middle of El Viajero del Siglo by Andres Neumann.  It's written in Spanish so I usually read those novels much more slowly than English.  I'll be reading this for awhile.  On deck?  Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.  I've read many a review alternating between adoration for the book and disgust for its impenetrable style.  We'll see.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 10, 2009, 03:02:00 PM
John Piper (an author and speaker that I admire) recommended Peace Like A River. It's on my list. Eventually...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Randy_R on December 10, 2009, 04:30:39 PM
Well, I'm 5 years late, but just read The dVinci Code. A good read and a few differences from the movie.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Bug on December 11, 2009, 10:40:55 PM
I've read "Peace Like a River" twice. The second time was out loud to my family when we were on a long car trip.  Everyone really enjoyed that (me especially).

Bug


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 12, 2009, 06:11:43 AM
I've read "Peace Like a River" twice. The second time was out loud to my family when we were on a long car trip.  Everyone really enjoyed that (me especially).

Bug
I'm going to make it a point to get to this one in 2010.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 19, 2009, 01:15:37 AM
                                                                   Citizen Soldiers,      Stephen E. Ambrose.  


           Basically the book they based the series "Band of Brothers" on.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jbrummer on December 19, 2009, 02:22:46 AM
Reading a memoir called The Glass Castle which I find remarkable -- the grace and love with which the narrator writes about what, from on outsider's perspective, was a horrific childhood is astonishing.  Also, rereading Yann Martel's Life of Pi . . . sort of a Christmas tradition with me.  It's hard to find quality literature that isn't' laden with cynicism and irony (which at other times of the year I can appreciate), but Martel's novel operates without either, and is brilliant.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: DaveyO on December 19, 2009, 05:04:46 AM
Jimmy Buffet's, " Tales from Margaritaville" and "A Salty Piece of Land"

The second is a sequel and continuation of the first. 
Fun, Light fiction that reeks of Buffet's laid back style and imagination.

Also "Kayaks you can build"
everyone needs a second hobby when the fingertips are too abused from excessive playing.  :doh
I read a Salty piece of land , very cool book,
I didnt know it was the sequel,
I will read tales from margaritaville.
Dave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 19, 2009, 02:13:08 PM
I've been dabbling a bit in short stories while other books are going. I just read The Gift of the Magi yesterday by O. Henry. It had been grade school since I'd read it. Very much enjoyed it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on December 20, 2009, 01:48:03 PM
Reading a memoir called The Glass Castle which I find remarkable -- the grace and love with which the narrator writes about what, from on outsider's perspective, was a horrific childhood is astonishing.  Also, rereading Yann Martel's Life of Pi . . . sort of a Christmas tradition with me.  It's hard to find quality literature that isn't' laden with cynicism and irony (which at other times of the year I can appreciate), but Martel's novel operates without either, and is brilliant.

Jeanette Walls, right?  The Glass Castle is high on my very long "must read" list.  Now it's a notch higher. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on December 20, 2009, 09:50:27 PM
I just came home with a copy of "Dangerously Funny, The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" by David Bianculli. Lots of great black and white photos with Tom Smothers playing three dirfferent sunburst finish guitars (Two Martins and a Guild) as well as Joan Baez and her old Martin, John Hartford playing a (audible gasp) Ovation, Pete Seeger and his 12 string, Mason Williams (Classical Gas), Steve Martin and Glen Campbell.  Quite a treasure trove of talented acoustic musicians there.

It's kind of hard to believe that my dad (who was really a pretty conservative guy) would actually let me watch The Smothers Brothers and Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in back in the late 60s when I was in my early teens. Thanks for allowing me to broaden my horizons dad.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 27, 2009, 03:53:30 AM
I started "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" for my first venture into the world of James Joyce.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on December 27, 2009, 04:45:51 AM
Ahh Uncle James - the dirty ol Man


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 27, 2009, 05:13:42 AM
The Amish In Their Own Words - Brad Igou (editor)

This is a pretty large volume of collected essays and articles written by Amish folk about Amish life. I've been interested in these folks for years and on a recent trip to Lancaster County, PA I picked this one up in a gift shop. It's already solved many of my Amish questions within the first few pages.

I'm also reading a 500-page volume called The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. Very good stuff. It'll take me all year to work through this one, but that's how I read poetry books -- just a bit at a time.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on January 01, 2010, 02:21:48 AM
Just picked up "Failure is not an Option" by Gene Krantz who was NASA's flight director for Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldin and Michael Collins) and Apollo 13 (Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert).

After landing on the moon: "I held up my thumb and blotted out the Earth and I didn't feel very big at all. I felt very small." Neil Armstrong


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jwb on January 01, 2010, 02:51:51 AM
Francis Schaeffer - "The God Who is There", "Escape From Reason", and "He is There and He is Not Silent" - These are part of the first volume of a six volume series of all of Francis Schaeffer's writing.  If you are interested in art, music, philosophy, history and how they all fit in with a Christian worldview, then these books are absolutely life changing.  This is one of the most brilliant men of the 20th century, and these first three books have had a huge impact on how I view the world around me.  He brings so many aspects of art and culture together to show what Truth (with a capital "T") is and how modern man has fallen into despair in a search for meaning and purpose in life through all the wrong means.  Even if you are not Christian or even remotely interested in it, these books will open your eyes to why, as a culture, we are so messed up.  I have never read anything like this and I read A LOT.  This is some of the best reading I've found in a long time.  I'm finishing up "He is There and He is not Silent" right now and I can't wait to get back to it.  I'll likely read them again in a few months once it's had time to sink in.  Very good stuff!

Justin 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: leftync on January 02, 2010, 07:44:58 PM
Great thread. Hope to read all of it someday, but there won't be time left for books. I'm a big fan of Mark Twain--especially his autobiographical stuff and essays--and O.Henry.
Read some great books recently. Girls Like Us, a great book about Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon, Four Kings, about Marvin Hagler, Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran, and I'm Dying Up Here, about the Comedy Store strike in LA the late 70s.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on January 02, 2010, 07:48:23 PM
Great thread. Hope to read all of it someday, but there won't be time left for books. I'm a big fan of Mark Twain--especially his autobiographical stuff and essays--and O.Henry.
Read some great books recently. Girls Like Us, a great book about Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon, Four Kings, about Marvin Hagler, Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran, and I'm Dying Up Here, about the Comedy Store strike in LA the late 70s.

Nice suggestions I will be seeking them for sure!!! Thanks


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 02, 2010, 08:23:07 PM
Francis Schaeffer - "The God Who is There", "Escape From Reason", and "He is There and He is Not Silent" - These are part of the first volume of a six volume series of all of Francis Schaeffer's writing.  If you are interested in art, music, philosophy, history and how they all fit in with a Christian worldview, then these books are absolutely life changing.  This is one of the most brilliant men of the 20th century, and these first three books have had a huge impact on how I view the world around me.  He brings so many aspects of art and culture together to show what Truth (with a capital "T") is and how modern man has fallen into despair in a search for meaning and purpose in life through all the wrong means.  Even if you are not Christian or even remotely interested in it, these books will open your eyes to why, as a culture, we are so messed up.  I have never read anything like this and I read A LOT.  This is some of the best reading I've found in a long time.  I'm finishing up "He is There and He is not Silent" right now and I can't wait to get back to it.  I'll likely read them again in a few months once it's had time to sink in.  Very good stuff!

Justin 
I just got a copy of He Is There And He Is Not Silent in the mail yesterday. It's next on my reading list.  I like what you wrote about Schaeffer, and I agree with it.  He was an intellectual GIANT that has gone largely unnoticed in Christian (and non-Christian, obviously) circles.  I am a Christian, and I am very interested in art; the knee-jerk reactions from those in the evangelical world when it comes to art sadden me, and they only help the head-in-the-sand, unenlightened reputation many believers hold in the eyes of those outside the faith.

There's a suspicion of art in Christian circles that even those holding it seem to not fully understand; but try and discuss it and help them get past it and you're usually labeled too "worldly."  Oh well, I'm enjoying art and Schaeffer and will continue to do so.  I took a 2-semester course by Jerram Barrs about Schaeffer and the roots of L'Abri last year via iTunesU that was great. It taught me much about the work they did (and are still doing) at L'Abri.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: madoclake on January 05, 2010, 04:56:58 AM
I'm with the "expat Canuck". Moore is hilarious. Favourite recent read? The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. What a blast! Even has a cool blues player in it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: WPete on January 06, 2010, 06:34:06 PM
Reading the last in a series of Murder Mysteries by David Dickinson "Death of a Chancellor" which features as a sleuth: Lord Francis Powerscourt.
Set in about 1900's England - maybe a bit fluffy, but enjoyable on a cold Minnesota night.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: musicrowscott on January 06, 2010, 07:14:20 PM
Just finished Stephen King's newest, "Under The Dome"...great read, immediately started over with page on after I finished, just to catch more of the characters story now that I really had them all organized in my head. I've picked up some great song ideas from reading his books.

Cheers,

S


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: leftync on January 07, 2010, 09:17:07 PM
Gotta get that Smothers Brothers book. I loved them way back when I was in HS. Have many of their shows on 7" reel to reel audio. Now I get to watch their great clips on Youtube. Meet Dick Smothers in Vegas; nice guy.
Just started reading another boxing book, Sweet Thunder, about Sugar Ray Robinson. I'm finding it interesting and well written; a book about the times as well as an interesting man. Also read another good sports book last year, Larry Tye's book Satchel, on Satchel Paige. I know Larry a little, and highly recommend any of his books for non-fiction fans.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on January 07, 2010, 11:26:41 PM
Considering the holidays, hockey, guitar playing, two feet of snow and work I haven't gtten as much reading in as I normally would.

Just finished the "Dangerously Funny the uncensored story of the Smothers Brothers." These guys, their writing staff and their guests were truly groundbreakers. Tom Smothers even played guitar on "Give Peace a Chance" with John Lennon at the "Bed-in" with Yoko Ono in Montreal. What's more they are coming to my area later this year to perform. I'm there.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on January 08, 2010, 05:02:45 AM
"Embrace the Wide Sky" by Daniel Tammet
"London" by JEdward Rutherfurd

Lots more in the queue


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on January 19, 2010, 05:42:47 AM
   Finished  "Citizen Soldiers" by Stephen E. Ambrose.

A very excellent book on The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany                                                                     June 7, 1944-May, 1945

                                  I have such a great appreciation for GI's after reading this.

Here is the last paragraph;
          "At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful."

                If you read what they did and how they sacrificed, you will be grateful.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Bug on January 28, 2010, 04:59:58 PM
I finished Neil Stephenson's "Anathem".  I think I'm up to date with his books and this is his best one. 

I'm about halfway through "Galileo's Dream" by Kim Stanley Robinson.  I don't remember much about his life story and am not sure how much is fiction.  I thought I'd wait until I'm done to do some research.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on January 30, 2010, 07:11:41 PM
Just finished The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion.  Compelling if the discussion of death and its effect on survivors doesn't darken your mood.  It was a memoir of her experience losing her husband, fellow writer John Gregory Dunne. 

Have moved on to That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo.  I'm on page ten, so no opinions yet.  He's usually good for light reading.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 05, 2010, 10:45:10 PM
I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on February 06, 2010, 11:47:58 AM
Race, Evolution, and Behavior by J. Phillippe Rushton


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Big Eric on February 06, 2010, 01:35:59 PM
Linthead Stomp by Patrick Huber


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Strings4Him on February 06, 2010, 03:23:25 PM
Race, Evolution, and Behavior by J. Phillippe Rushton

Interesting title.  I have even read that some "scholars" have done research in the area of evolutionary psychology.  When one considers what behaviors have survived during the "evolution" of man, one must shake his head about the theory of evolution.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on February 06, 2010, 03:46:41 PM
Interesting title.  I have even read that some "scholars" have done research in the area of evolutionary psychology.  When one considers what behaviors have survived during the "evolution" of man, one must shake his head about the theory of evolution.

Rushton is one of those "scholars" and the book is a product of that inquiry. I am not sure what you mean when you say "When one considers what behaviors have survived during the "evolution" of man, one must shake his head about the theory of evolution." though. However, this thread is probably not the place for a discussion of your meaning since it is a topic likely to degrade and end up with the thread getting axed.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Strings4Him on February 06, 2010, 03:51:30 PM
True.  Suffice it to say that the theory of evolution has fallen on hard times.  Regardless of one's postion, it is VERY healthy to have good discussion. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on February 06, 2010, 06:04:37 PM
  "Roughing it" is also a Twain autobiography that I enjoyed immensely.

Danny....try "Innocents Abroad"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 06, 2010, 06:27:07 PM
Danny....try "Innocents Abroad"
  I'm about halfway through "Travels with Charley", so I'll check this one out next. Thanks


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 06, 2010, 10:00:23 PM
  I'm about halfway through "Travels with Charley", so I'll check this one out next. Thanks
I think we've talked about Travels with Charley in this thread, but it's one of my favorite books.  I need to reread that one this year.  Oh, the ever-growing rereading list. . .


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on February 08, 2010, 08:38:52 PM
  I'm about halfway through "Travels with Charley", so I'll check this one out next. Thanks

looks like we have the same taste in books.  Love the part where he gets Charley to the giant redwoods...... :roll


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on February 08, 2010, 08:40:18 PM
True.  Suffice it to say that the theory of evolution has fallen on hard times.  Regardless of one's postion, it is VERY healthy to have good discussion. 

Not at all true re theory of evolution.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 08, 2010, 08:55:57 PM
looks like we have the same taste in books.  Love the part where he gets Charley to the giant redwoods...... :roll
  I just read that part last night. Honestly I'm not looking forward to the racial tension section that I know is coming. But this has been very good so far.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 08, 2010, 09:28:13 PM
****Please take the evolution debate to some other thread.  ****


Regarding Travels... I really love Steinbeck's description of Montana in that book.  It made me want to put the book down and go straight to Montana to see it for myself.  Also, loved the Red Wood Forest description.  Truly a master with a pen!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 08, 2010, 10:52:08 PM
  Same thing happened to me about Montana. My wife and I have been there and I mentioned his description and she and I both discussed going to Wyoming and Montana.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 15, 2010, 01:17:45 PM
  Well I finished "Travels with Charley" last night. The section about the racial tension in the deep south was indeed a hard read for me. I was sad to be finishing the "journey" but glad to be through that place in time.
  
     I had the thought in the closing pages that I understood this book far more than my education level should have qualified me for. But I have traveled to all 48 of the contiguous states and I'm not that young. In fact as I read the last chapter I began to think that Steinbeck must have been about my age on this trip. His thoughts seemed too close to my own when he reflected on politics,people and racial tension. So I looked at the jacket cover and found his age to be the same as mine when he took the trip and wrote the book. I have other thoughts as well regarding symbolism he used in the book. But I'll just say I believe this book is based on a real life journey across America, but is a fiction and at times some of the characters seem to be an aggregate composition of characters more than a specific individual.

    I also dug around our book shelves and looked at the many well preserved hardbacks we have and found some good reads. (but not "Innocents Abroad" though we have boxes of books somewhere stored and I may find it yet)

     Anyway I found what may be our oldest book. A one hundred thirty year old copy of "Outer-Mer". This is Longfellow's first work I believe. And this was a first edition hard bound Belford, Clarke & Co. book. A Caxton Edition with a lot of artwork done on the hardbound cover. (embossed?)
    I started reading some of it and it is "heavy" with intellectual thinking from Europe hundreds of years ago. I may only skim through this one for now and read the poems and a little of the text that sets them up. I'd rather go to Europe with Samuel Clemens in "Innocents Abroad" :winkin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 15, 2010, 05:01:38 PM
Excellent review.  Based on what I've read from your posts, your education level seems fine to me.  I've never stated my education level here, mainly because it colors others' views one way or the other.  Bottom line: it's not important.  Be a life-long learner in the spirit of Franklin, Lincoln, et al. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on February 16, 2010, 09:07:39 PM
Fretboard Logic SE by Bill Edwards.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dotneck on February 16, 2010, 09:10:15 PM
"Man of Constant Sorrow" the biography of Ralph Stanley of the Stanley Brothers...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: musicrowscott on February 16, 2010, 10:01:13 PM
"Man of Constant Sorrow" the biography of Ralph Stanley of the Stanley Brothers...

We just interviewed Ralph on the show a few weeks back...will let you know when the podcast goes up, he was an amazing interview!

Just finished reading "Crazy Heart"

Cheers,

S


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on February 16, 2010, 10:17:28 PM
The Realms of Gold, Margaret Drabble.  Like it quite well so far.
Stories, Anton Chekhov  translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, my very favorite Russian lit translators.  Through his pen, a story is so much more than the plot.

By the way, I disliked That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo.  I thought he was bank-on-able entertainment, but for me he missed the mark for me with this one.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 17, 2010, 02:27:09 AM
                                                  NOTICE
                                  Persons attempting to find motive in
                                this narrative will be prosecuted; persons
                                   attempting to find moral in it will be
                                 banished; persons attempting to find a
                                            plot in it will be shot.

                                                                            By Order Of The Author
                                                                            per G.G., Chief of Ordnance

 So I picked up this book from our table of old hard bounds we had dug out and looked at the chapters and remembered the story and how much I treasured this book as a young boy. I think I have read it a few times in my life (at least).
  Anyway I made the mistake of reading the NOTICE page. Which is the first page of the book. And before I knew it I was climbing out the window with Huckleberry Finn to meet up with Tom Sawyer in the middle of the night.

           Oh well, it may do me some good to read this public school banded book again. :blush:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 17, 2010, 03:00:11 AM
   At the same time as the above mentioned book I'm reading this one. (same author)

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Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on February 17, 2010, 07:44:08 PM
The Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on February 19, 2010, 02:27:15 AM
Just got done with another Ann Rule book, "But I trusted You".  She is a very good writer if you like true crime stories.  Started a Steven King book called "Just After Sunset".  It's a book of short stories.  Good reading so far.

Old Folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jimi thing on February 25, 2010, 05:19:01 PM
Two books that I have read recently....

In the Company of Heros by C.W.O. Michael J. Durant (based on his experience being shot down in Mog. "Blackhawk Down" is incredible

The Bloody Red Hand: A Journey through Truth, Myth, and Terror in Northern Ireland by Derek Lundy

Both are great books!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 25, 2010, 05:29:32 PM
Two books that I have read recently....

In the Company of Heros by C.W.O. Michael J. Durant (based on his experience being shot down in Mog. "Blackhawk Down" is incredible

The Bloody Red Hand: A Journey through Truth, Myth, and Terror in Northern Ireland by Derek Lundy

Both are great books!
 I just watched "Blackhawk Down" again a few nights ago. I think I'll check out the book by C.W.O. Michael J. Durant also.  Thanks


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 25, 2010, 07:30:57 PM
Blinded by Travis Thrasher.  This guy writes good fiction, and I enjoy his books as a form of brain candy every now and then.  Real page-turners that make you lose sleep.  They move along fast and the characters tend to be memorable.   I really like his book The Second Thief as well. 

The Snakebite Letters by Peter Kreeft.  This is basically Kreeft's version of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  Pretty good so far, though I've spotted some grammitical errors, which irritates me in published works, especially from scolars who should know better (or at least should hire better editors). 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: leftync on March 01, 2010, 05:05:37 AM
Actually I'm reading a book not by Twain, but about him, Mark Twain: Man in White. Great anecdotes about the last years of American lit's original superstar.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on March 01, 2010, 12:44:52 PM
Actually I'm reading a book not by Twain, but about him, Mark Twain: Man in White. Great anecdotes about the last years of American lit's original superstar.
                 "Mark Twain: Man in White. The Grand Adventure of His Final Years." Written by "Michael Shelden"
                  Another one for my list.   Thanks :donut


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on March 03, 2010, 02:56:45 PM
St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: triplecoil on March 03, 2010, 04:59:04 PM
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143035282/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=159420019X&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0RT6CWY1GN3GRY8PNDT4), by Gordon S. Wood.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on March 04, 2010, 03:05:38 AM
Two books that I have read recently....

In the Company of Heros by C.W.O. Michael J. Durant (based on his experience being shot down in Mog. "Blackhawk Down" is incredible

The Bloody Red Hand: A Journey through Truth, Myth, and Terror in Northern Ireland by Derek Lundy

Both are great books!
         I have been thinking about "In the Company Of Heroes" since I saw this post so I went out and found a copy today. Samuel Clemens will wait on me to get back with him I'm sure. :winkin:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Randy_R on March 04, 2010, 03:36:44 PM
Just finished "The 25 year War, America's Military Role in Vietnam" by Gen Bruce Palmer.

A good inside view at the political/civilian and military high level decision making process that went into the Vietnam War. Written in 1984. Too bad some of our leadership didn't read this book before venturing out to save the world again.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jimi thing on March 04, 2010, 08:45:46 PM
         I have been thinking about "In the Company Of Heroes" since I saw this post so I went out and found a copy today. Samuel Clemens will wait on me to get back with him I'm sure. :winkin:

Get going on it... you won't be able to put it down! albet, you have to get through the background stuff which can drag a bit.

Let me know what you think!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on March 04, 2010, 09:21:10 PM
Get going on it... you won't be able to put it down! albet, you have to get through the background stuff which can drag a bit.

Let me know what you think!
  I already started. I have read everything on the pages even before the book begins. I have always been deeply saddened and yet also full of pride (for lack of a better word) regarding the sacrifices made by Delta force members and the Rangers. Nothing has dragged for me about this story.
               Thanks again for the post initially.  :donut


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: leftync on March 06, 2010, 01:51:57 PM
We've got some highly literate folks here. I'm proud to be a member of this forum. Started a new one, The Lincolns, about Lincoln's marriage. Amazingly detailed. As you can tell, I'm strictly about non-fiction. Probably comes from being a reporter all those years.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on March 13, 2010, 04:23:52 PM
Sawed through Where The Red Fern Grows last week.  Man, what a great read.  I hadn't enjoyed a book that much in a long time. 

I'm about to read Sky Blue by Travis Thrasher.  More fast-moving, brain candy type literature.  I guess I'm in the mood for it. 

I'm going to start The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens this week as well. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on March 25, 2010, 02:20:49 PM
Get going on it... you won't be able to put it down! albet, you have to get through the background stuff which can drag a bit.

Let me know what you think!
                                   "In the Company of Heroes" by C.W.O. Michael J. Durant.
        I actually finished this in the wee hours of the morning on Monday. I couldn't sleep Sunday night so I started on the last four chapters.

         When I started on the last two chapters the tears also started and would not stop until sometime after finishing this book. Parts of it do drag, but only a little. And I realized in those last two chapters why all the details were laid out as they had been. Had I not read everything from the begining and if i would have skipped ahead it would not have been the same.

         I am not a "weeping man". This story is real though and the men become part of your heart as you carefully read through each page. I had to stop and wipe my eyes many times in the last two chapters to see the pages.

         Then I carefully read all the quotes from Ross Perot and others on the front and back pages and read the beginning pages again. I have been impacted deeply by this book, not just by the sacrifices made, (which were many) but by the strength and courage displayed by the men and their wives back at home. The lady from the red cross who came to visit Durant at the risk of her own life while he was in captivity.

          And maybe most of all by Durant's humility, perception, and change of heart after release (towards the Creator).

           I cannot end this without mentioning the two brave men who "asked" to be dropped into the area of his crash site to defend Michael Durant and his crew as long as they had ammunition. They knew they would die, there is no doubt regarding that. But in the end they saved C.W.O. Durant's life. These were the best of the best, Delta operators.

              Randy Shughart and Gary Gordan
                                Awarded the Medal of Honor
                                        posthumously


If anyone would like my copy to read I'll send it to you. And then you can pass it on.
             
           


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jimi thing on March 25, 2010, 03:44:50 PM
                                  "In the Company of Heroes" by C.W.O. Michael J. Durant.
        I actually finished this in the wee hours of the morning on Monday. I couldn't sleep Sunday night so I started on the last four chapters.

         When I started on the last two chapters the tears also started and would not stop until sometime after finishing this book. Parts of it do drag, but only a little. And I realized in those last two chapters why all the details were laid out as they had been. Had I not read everything from the begining and if i would have skipped ahead it would not have been the same.

         I am not a "weeping man". This story is real though and the men become part of your heart as you carefully read through each page. I had to stop and wipe my eyes many times in the last two chapters to see the pages.

         Then I carefully read all the quotes from Ross Perot and others on the front and back pages and read the beginning pages again. I have been impacted deeply by this book, not just by the sacrifices made, (which were many) but by the strength and courage displayed by the men and their wives back at home. The lady from the red cross who came to visit Durant at the risk of her own life while he was in captivity.

          And maybe most of all by Durant's humility, perception, and change of heart after release (towards the Creator).

           I cannot end this without mentioning the two brave men who "asked" to be dropped into the area of his crash site to defend Michael Durant and his crew as long as they had ammunition. They knew they would die, there is no doubt regarding that. But in the end they saved C.W.O. Durant's life. These were the best of the best, Delta operators.

              Randy Shughart and Gary Gordan
                                Awarded the Medal of Honor
                                        posthumously


If anyone would like my copy to read I'll send it to you. And then you can pass it on.
            
          

i had the same response and pick this book up from time to time....

these men are the true meaning of courage and heroes!
I am glad the book left an imprint!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 03, 2010, 03:17:06 AM
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: SteveD216 on May 03, 2010, 06:37:00 PM
Scent of the Missing - Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on May 03, 2010, 06:51:34 PM
The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on May 03, 2010, 11:07:42 PM

"Subjugating the enemy's army without fighting is the true pinnacle of excellence."  From "The Art of War" by Sun-Tzu written in the 6th century. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Corky on May 04, 2010, 12:20:24 AM
Just finish rereading My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.  Hadn't read it in about 20 years and downloaded it for my Kindle.  A tremendous story.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 04, 2010, 01:33:39 AM
Just finish rereading My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.  Hadn't read it in about 20 years and downloaded it for my Kindle.  A tremendous story.
I've been wanting to read this one for a while. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Corky on May 04, 2010, 03:59:28 AM
I've been wanting to read this one for a while. 

It is great and I think most folks in the arts will get a great deal out of it.  Gives interesting insight into Jewish culture in twentieth century America also, useful for guys like Gentile me!    :smile:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 04, 2010, 11:36:29 AM
It is great and I think most folks in the arts will get a great deal out of it.  Gives interesting insight into Jewish culture in twentieth century America also, useful for guys like Gentile me!    :smile:
It seems like a great story from what I've heard.  And the name intrigues me (I've got a son named Asher). 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on May 06, 2010, 05:51:15 PM
"The Great Emergence" by Phyllis Tickle


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on May 06, 2010, 07:56:37 PM
Crossing To Safety by Wallace Stegner.  Great book.  Symbolism-infused in a manner that was overt enough to be gettable and subtle enough to missable if you don't look for that kind of stuff.  Thanks for the My Name is Asher Lev recommendation.  I'd like to check that one out now.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 06, 2010, 09:07:24 PM
                                "reading people" by Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, Ph.D. & Mark Mazzarella.

(and about four others)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 07, 2010, 02:14:52 PM
The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clason

I read this one about 7 or 8 years ago when I was laid off.  Thought it might light a fire of some kind.  I was impacted by many of the principles, but I don't think I was ready for it yet.  I'm paying closer attention now. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on May 07, 2010, 03:06:45 PM
Wild Ducks Flying Backwards by Tom Robbins...it's a collection of short stories.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dr.Lee on May 09, 2010, 10:41:15 PM
Pictures of an Exhibitionist-  the autobiography of Keith Emerson, perhaps the greatest keyboard player in the rock era, IMHO :bowdown:
       

               Dr.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on May 10, 2010, 12:22:58 AM
'Bound for Glory' ~ Woody Guthrie


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 18, 2010, 11:34:11 AM
Just got done with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I haven't enjoyed a read that much in a very long time.  It was my first go round with it.  Fitzgerald's use of words was awe-inspiring at times.  It hit me like Steinbeck, and that doesn't happen very often.  Highly recommend reading it, especially if it's lingered on your reading list for years like it had mine.  Excellent stuff!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on May 18, 2010, 11:42:53 AM
Just got done with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I haven't enjoyed a read that much in a very long time.  It was my first go round with it.  Fitzgerald's use of words was awe-inspiring at times.  It hit me like Steinbeck, and that doesn't happen very often.  Highly recommend reading it, especially if it's lingered on your reading list for years like it had mine.  Excellent stuff!

Creature, if you enjoyed Gatsby, give a go at Tender is the Night, which is next in the F. Scott catalogue.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 18, 2010, 12:16:51 PM
Just got done with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I haven't enjoyed a read that much in a very long time.  It was my first go round with it.  Fitzgerald's use of words was awe-inspiring at times.  It hit me like Steinbeck, and that doesn't happen very often.  Highly recommend reading it, especially if it's lingered on your reading list for years like it had mine.  Excellent stuff!
This is one of five or so books I have sitting out, ready to get to when I finish others. I have read it once and was impressed with it as well.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tycho on May 18, 2010, 12:40:05 PM
Over the weekend, I read Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story.  It's billed as being by Tim Stafford and Caroline Wright, but as far as I can tell Wright did most of the writing, with contributions by Stafford on the subjects of Tony's instruments and technique.  I've read lots of music bios and not all of them are well-written or well-edited, but this one is both, and it's highly readable.  It's constructed in the "oral history" format: each chapter starts with a long section based on interviews with Rice himself, and then it doubles back with oral reflections by Rice's friends, family and colleagues.  It's very well-done, and definitely worth reading if you have any interest in Rice.

It's available from the "Mercantile" section on the Flatpicking Guitar Magazine website.  It arrived about a week after I ordered it, which is very good for cross-border delivery.  Here's the link:

Link (http://flatpickingmercantile.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=fs31&Product_Code=2501&Category_Code=FBIO)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 18, 2010, 02:05:28 PM
Creature, if you enjoyed Gatsby, give a go at Tender is the Night, which is next in the F. Scott catalogue.
On the list now.  Thanks for the recommendation.  I read his Bejamin Button a couple years ago and liked but didn't love it.  So I wasn't even sure what to think of Gatsby; I just knew I wanted to read it.  I've got some Ray Bradbury books I want to read as well.  So many books... only one lifetime. . .
 :wave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dotneck on May 18, 2010, 02:38:26 PM
I've been digging into Howard Zinn's "The People's History of the United States".

Histories are usually written by the victors....this book is written from the point of view of the folks effected by historical events. People like Native Americans and slaves. I'm only a quarter of the way through it but its a pretty interesting look at the US.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jbrummer on May 18, 2010, 03:50:01 PM
Am currently re-reading a novel called Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, originally published in German by an author named Patrick Suskind.  Fantastic immersion into a world of scent -- the dominant imagery throughout the novel is olfactory rather than visual (though the visual imagery is quite well done as well).  I'd highly recommend it if you're in the mood for a strange, wonderful, surprising, and thoughtful summer read.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bluesbassdad on May 18, 2010, 10:29:43 PM
I've been digging into Howard Zinn's "The People's History of the United States".

Histories are usually written by the victors....this book is written from the point of view of the folks effected by historical events. People like Native Americans and slaves. I'm only a quarter of the way through it but its a pretty interesting look at the US.

 :donut :coffee :donut2
I happen to be reading A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson.  I can tell that it's slanted, but it happens to be generally in my direction, so that's OK.  :thumbsup

I've learned some interesting things along the way, especially about our Presidents.   Some were apparently better than I thought; others were worse.

I'm reminded that crises in banking have happened before.  Amazingly in light of recent events it was a banker who saved the day in one panic.

Perhaps when I finish this book (I'm reading about the Kennedys now), I'll look for Zinn's book and get a different slant on things.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: flagstaffcharlie on May 19, 2010, 04:26:30 AM
I've actually got the Zinn book in my stack. It's been there too long and I should get to it.

I'm reading Philip Norman's John Lennon: The Life which is pretty impressive. I've learned a lot of new stuff about the Beatles. Lennon was a scoundrel in the early days. In fact, they all were. The 1970s' punk movement had nothing on those guys!

A good, easy book I finished a few months back is Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales by Clarence Clemons & Don Reo. That book was just a blast. I never knew much about Clarence, but the cover looked interesting and so I picked it up on a whim for for a train ride from Chicago to Flagstaff. I was laughing out loud the whole way home. Highly recommended!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 27, 2010, 07:56:42 PM
I'm (finally) reading Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis.  I've wanted to read it for years, and I'm having a ball with it.  I'm on chapter 17 (about half way through) and this is the kind of book I'm already wishing had no end.  Absolutely facsinating writing style, and the peeks inside Babbitt's head are often times hilarious, sometimes sad, but always a little revealing about the life we all lead on the inside.  I'm not sure if I've ever read a book like this, and I can tell I'll be reading more from this author.  

Props to Jeremy for saying something (somewhere) in this thread about Babbitt long ago.  He posted a quote from the book and I put it on my list then and there.  

The most beautiful thing about this book is that I have no idea where it's going, but at the same time I don't really want to know.  It's like a stroll on a beautiful day going nowhere in particular.  And that doesn't come along very often in books for me.  Do read this one if you've not.  Highly recommend!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Slaminsam on May 27, 2010, 08:36:09 PM
Current read lists:

The Skeptical Guitarist - Fingerstyle Guitar From Scratch - Great Read and great examples.

Music Principles for the Skeptical Guitarist Volume One: The Big Picture
 
The Bible


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on May 29, 2010, 01:57:59 AM
I'm (finally) reading Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis.  I've wanted to read it for years, and I'm having a ball with it.  I'm on chapter 17 (about half way through) and this is the kind of book I'm already wishing had no end.  Absolutely facsinating writing style, and the peeks inside Babbitt's head are often times hilarious, sometimes sad, but always a little revealing about the life we all lead on the inside.  I'm not sure if I've ever read a book like this, and I can tell I'll be reading more from this author.  

Props to Jeremy for saying something (somewhere) in this thread about Babbitt long ago.  He posted a quote from the book and I put it on my list then and there.  

The most beautiful thing about this book is that I have no idea where it's going, but at the same time I don't really want to know.  It's like a stroll on a beautiful day going nowhere in particular.  And that doesn't come along very often in books for me.  Do read this one if you've not.  Highly recommend!

That's great. It's certainly one of my favorites. Those peeks inside Babbitt's head were so revealing I felt almost like I was privy to seeing something I shouldn't. It was also an interesting peek into the culture of that time and how it made people a product of it in a way - how it made them spend time thinking about a new Zeeco car, how the latest religious fad shaped their values, how it let them down.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 29, 2010, 01:50:00 PM
That's great. It's certainly one of my favorites. Those peeks inside Babbitt's head were so revealing I felt almost like I was privy to seeing something I shouldn't. It was also an interesting peek into the culture of that time and how it made people a product of it in a way - how it made them spend time thinking about a new Zeeco car, how the latest religious fad shaped their values, how it let them down.
I've got about five chapter left and I'm still thoroughly enjoying it.  Have you read Main Street by Sinclair Lewis?  I'm looking at that one for my list...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jeremy3220 on May 29, 2010, 02:33:35 PM
I've got about five chapter left and I'm still thoroughly enjoying it.  Have you read Main Street by Sinclair Lewis?  I'm looking at that one for my list...

Nope, I don't know why but I haven't read anything else by him. Guess I ought to.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 29, 2010, 02:48:35 PM
Nope, I don't know why but I haven't read anything else by him. Guess I ought to.
I can't remember where... maybe in Travels with Charley (probably)... Steinbeck talks about this book and I've been interested in it ever since.  I checked it out from the library once but never dug into it. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 30, 2010, 07:24:06 PM
  I'm on the road for awhile so just two books.  The Bible and Simply Guitar.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 31, 2010, 11:38:57 AM
Finished Babbitt yesterday.  I'm not sure what else to say about it other than I highly recommend it to anyone.  One of the best books I've ever read.

I've seen the Bible mentioned a couple times recently here.  I've been going through the Bible on audio book this year.  The Old Testament makes a lot more sense (to me) when it's going a little faster.  It helps all the laws and kings and names, etc. not just run together, but puts them into some kind of context.  I tend to be able to go through a lot more of it on audio than when I'm just reading. 

I currently have two version on audio: The English Standard Version read by Max McLean, and the old KJV read by Alexander Scourby.  I like them both, but probably prefer the Scourby version because I like the poetic voice and flow of the old language.  I highly recommend an audio Bible as a different approach to the Book.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on June 04, 2010, 04:37:02 AM
Currently listening to Les Miserables (thank you, audible.com). I read it years ago. I'm enjoying having it read to me. This past year I've read lots of Neil Gaiman. I especially enjoyed The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys and Neverwhere. I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It was pretty good. Right now we're listening to Summerland by Michael Chabon, and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. We finished the Tiffany Aching trilogy of Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. They were a delight and the narrator was excellent.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 04, 2010, 11:55:45 AM
Currently on my annual reading of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.  Probably my favorite book. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on June 04, 2010, 12:05:41 PM
Julian Jaynes - The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Utterly, astonishingly and completely mind blowing idea. I was told it was one of the most important works of the 20th century and I'm thinking it may be so.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on June 04, 2010, 12:12:20 PM
The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: z-clay on June 16, 2010, 03:15:04 AM
The Bell Jar.....Sylvia Plath


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 16, 2010, 11:56:08 AM
The Book of Psalms.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on June 16, 2010, 01:14:33 PM
I've been digging into Howard Zinn's "The People's History of the United States".

Histories are usually written by the victors....this book is written from the point of view of the folks effected by historical events. People like Native Americans and slaves. I'm only a quarter of the way through it but its a pretty interesting look at the US.

You might enjoy "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on June 16, 2010, 01:16:38 PM
"Liberty and Tyranny" by Mark Levin.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on June 16, 2010, 04:44:22 PM
You might enjoy "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee"

Wounded knee is an actual history. Howard Zinn is to history as Oliver Stone is to film making. I.E. a propagandist. He picks and chooses his "facts" as much, if not more, as any he would criticize. Matt Damon isn't a super genius, although he played one in a movie, but is a huge fan. A fan of an historian? What more can I say? There are far better and more honest historians. Historians without agendas. Victor Davis Hanson comes to mind. Have you, at least, read William L. Shirer?  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on June 16, 2010, 06:03:24 PM
Wounded knee is an actual history. Howard Zinn is to history as Oliver Stone is to film making. I.E. a propagandist. He picks and chooses his "facts" as much, if not more, as any he would criticize. Matt Damon isn't a super genius, although he played one in a movie, but is a huge fan. A fan of an historian? What more can I say? There are far better and more honest historians. Historians without agendas. Victor Davis Hanson comes to mind. Have you, at least, read William L. Shirer?  

I dunno...have you, at least, read W.S. Churchill. O.von Bismark, A. Lincoln, U.S. Grant and others?  I mean, Shirer was a journalist...much as Dan Rather.  Might as well get your history "from the horses mouth."

Bury My Heart wasn't "just" about the massacre, it was about the entire native american history...and yes, it was told with a bias towards the native americans.  So?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 16, 2010, 06:24:34 PM
As far as I know Zinn is a self-proclaimed communist and makes no apologies for it.  At any rate, I don't expect anyone that popular and with that many Hollywood celebrities associating themselves with him to be anything other than pretty radical and extremely left-leaning.  Based on the fact that Matt Damon and Danny Glover are working with him was/is enough to keep me away from his "work."


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on June 21, 2010, 01:50:03 AM
                                    "UNDAUNTED COURAGE" Stephen E. Ambrose

             Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 21, 2010, 12:13:02 PM
                                   "UNDAUNTED COURAGE" Stephen E. Ambrose

             Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
I tried to read that one but just couldn't warm up to it.  Maybe it was the mood I was in or the season of life.  That happens sometimes.  I was interested in Lewis and Clark, but kept getting bogged down with all the detail of that book.  Can you recommend a more concise volume on the subject?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on June 21, 2010, 03:06:16 PM
I tried to read that one but just couldn't warm up to it.  Maybe it was the mood I was in or the season of life.  That happens sometimes.  I was interested in Lewis and Clark, but kept getting bogged down with all the detail of that book.  Can you recommend a more concise volume on the subject?
  Have you seen the special that PBS put out? That was one of the best I ever saw. I can't remember if that was Ken Burns for sure. But I think it was. I highly recommend the DVD and if they have companion book that would be a good one.

     I like the details myself. It seems to draw me more into that period in history and give me a fuller realization of the significance of events.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 21, 2010, 04:14:50 PM
  Have you seen the special that PBS put out? That was one of the best I ever saw. I can't remember if that was Ken Burns for sure. But I think it was. I highly recommend the DVD and if they have companion book that would be a good one.

     I like the details myself. It seems to draw me more into that period in history and give me a fuller realization of the significance of events.
I'll check the library for you recommendation.  I think I was looking more for the journals of Lewis and Clark rather than the type of thing Ambrose was going for. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 22, 2010, 01:59:25 PM
Hero Tales from American History by Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt

I'm only three chapters in where they're describing the Battle of Trenton, and I can already highly recommend for the lover of US history!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on June 23, 2010, 07:06:33 PM
     Just got down reading "The Prey" by Michael Crichton a while back.  It was quite suspenseful and a pretty good read.  I'm 3/4's way through "Boneman's Daughters" by Ted Dekker.  It' about a serial killer who try's to claim young girls as his own, but without much luck as you may understand.

Old folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jbrummer on June 23, 2010, 07:13:36 PM
How Soccer Explains the World.  Seems a fitting read given the world cup and the various threads current here relating to soccer, the economy, morality, etc.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on June 23, 2010, 10:15:05 PM
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, as recommended by a forumite a few pages ago.  Can't remember who to give the credit to, but so far (maybe a third of the way in) it is very good.  Thanks for suggesting it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on June 24, 2010, 01:50:12 AM
I love Potok. I haven't read him in a long time. I remember really liking My Name is Asher Lev. I'm still reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I'm listening to Summerland (both by Michael Chabon), and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on June 27, 2010, 10:44:35 AM
"Always Looking Up" by Michael J. Fox.

He talks about Work, Politics, Faith and Family and it's a remarkable story about a guy who left home from Vancouver, B.C. and went to L.A. @ 18 alone to make it on his own. I knew about his battle with Parkinson's Disease but now I have a much better understanding about his efforts to help find a cure. There's a lot more to him than Family Ties, Back to the Future, The Secret of my Success and Spin City.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: leftync on June 28, 2010, 02:22:53 AM
FYI, Howard Zinn passed away earlier this year at 87. He was an immensely well regarded and popular professor at Boston University for decades. Much of his cynicism began in the second world war, during which he flew many bombing missions in Europe.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 01, 2010, 08:31:47 PM
Settlers of the Western Woods by Steve Hartz

Hartz is a Renaissance Man from Texas.  He writes, paints, plays music, fixes instruments, and seems to be an all-around interesting fellow.  This book is East Texas folklore, but I think it would appeal to anyone interested in 19th century pioneer history.  Another plus, the book comes with a CD of mostly original music, all done in the old-time style.  Excellent stuff that I cannot stop listening to.  

Hartz also runs on old-time themed shop in Nocogdoches, Texas, that sells instruments, old stuff, old-timey type stuff, and does instrument repairs.  From what I understand there is a great old-time session there each Saturday as well.  

Google this guy and check him out.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on July 01, 2010, 09:08:42 PM
Settlers of the Western Woods by Steve Hartz

Hartz is a Renaissance Man from Texas.  He writes, paints, plays music, fixes instruments, and seems to be an all-around interesting fellow.  This book is East Texas folklore, but I think it would appeal to anyone interested in 19th century pioneer history.  Another plus, the book comes with a CD of mostly original music, all done in the old-time style.  Excellent stuff that I cannot stop listening to. 

Hartz also runs on old-time themed shop in Nocogdoches, Texas, that sells instruments, old stuff, old-timey type stuff, and does instrument repairs.  From what I understand there is a great old-time session there each Saturday as well. 

Google this guy and check him out. 
  I like this song off the c.d.
http://www20.inetba.com/oldtimestringshop/filecabinet/SettlersSoundFiles/TheCaneRiverWaltz.mp3


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 02, 2010, 11:57:55 AM
  I like this song off the c.d.
http://www20.inetba.com/oldtimestringshop/filecabinet/SettlersSoundFiles/TheCaneRiverWaltz.mp3
Yes, that's a good one.  It's one of those CDs where I truly like every song though.  And I don't get CDs like that very often.  It's a bit pricey, due to it being a book/CD package, but well worth it.  It's a high-quality, hardback book printed on thick glossy paper.  Excellent reading...and listening!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 02, 2010, 01:34:18 PM
I dunno...have you, at least, read W.S. Churchill. O.von Bismark, A. Lincoln, U.S. Grant and others?  I mean, Shirer was a journalist...much as Dan Rather.  Might as well get your history "from the horses mouth."

Bury My Heart wasn't "just" about the massacre, it was about the entire native american history...and yes, it was told with a bias towards the native americans.  So?

You mention the greats. As far as pop history goes, Shirer did a magnificent job unlike Zinn. Bias is something that always exists. It doesn't mean there will be no truth involved. Zinn's bias is used to alter history to make political points that enthuse and amuse the Marxist, anti-American, anti-western left.   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 02, 2010, 02:05:52 PM
I like old history books. To me they were written with more class and style.  The bitterness and obvious bias (left or right) of many of today's historians can be spotted right away.  But the bottom line for me is that the writers of yesteryear were just nicer people who seemed to hold the craft of writing in a much more honorable light than you see today.  Books were once holy ground where ideas were sacred; today they are tools for the rant of the day.  I find most modern history books just jabs at the other side, whichever side that may be.  The writers of yesteryear were simply a classier lot, in my opinion. 

Personal note: I'm about as interested in Zinn's viewpoint as I am Glenn Beck's.  No thanks.   :yawn


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 19, 2010, 02:02:31 PM
The Fellowship of the Ring - JRR Tolkien


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jbrummer on July 19, 2010, 02:06:06 PM
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.  Always interesting to teach this novel to high school boys . . .


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: RyGuy on July 24, 2010, 04:08:21 AM
Wow. Been a while since I've looked at all the comments since I started this thread. Cool :ph34r: Let's see... I'm starting to read "Who Moved My Cheese?" which is a book required by my job, and it deals with dealing with change in your life and the workplace. I'm currently in the second half of Genesis in the bible. AND! I'm working through The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 24, 2010, 01:32:04 PM
Wow. Been a while since I've looked at all the comments since I started this thread. Cool :ph34r: Let's see... I'm starting to read "Who Moved My Cheese?" which is a book required by my job, and it deals with dealing with change in your life and the workplace. I'm currently in the second half of Genesis in the bible. AND! I'm working through The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia)
Thanks for starting such a cool thread.   :bowdown:

I just finished the Narnia series a couple weeks ago.  I read it once a year and seem to like it better each year. 

Currently reading:  The Lamplighter by Maria Susanna Cummins.  This is an old book; the story is set in Boston about a young orphan girl who gets adopted by the town lamplighter.  He dies and she goes to another family.  I'm only half-way through it and am enjoying it as much as anything I've read this year.  I'd say it's a semi-girl book, but good writing is good writing. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on July 25, 2010, 03:49:02 PM
I'll make a note of The Lamplighter, creature.  I'm just delving into The Fable by Wm. Faulkner.  I love his writing and realized there ar still a number of his I haven't read.  Also on order from the library is The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.   I started it at Barnes and Noble and it seemed good. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 25, 2010, 04:56:51 PM
I'll make a note of The Lamplighter, creature.  I'm just delving into The Fable by Wm. Faulkner. 
He's on the list. I've just not gotten to him yet.  Tell me, are his works dark and cynical on the whole? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on July 25, 2010, 05:09:18 PM
  
Wow. Been a while since I've looked at all the comments since I started this thread. Cool :ph34r: Let's see... I'm starting to read "Who Moved My Cheese?" which is a book required by my job, and it deals with dealing with change in your life and the workplace. I'm currently in the second half of Genesis in the bible. AND! I'm working through The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia)
Since the creature is the first post and also the one who post's most often here I assumed he had started this thread, he definitely is the "caretaker", so to speak.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on July 28, 2010, 01:58:29 AM
He's on the list. I've just not gotten to him yet.  Tell me, are his works dark and cynical on the whole? 

Dark and cynical?  I'd say no, even though almost all of them are tragedies.  He depicts the deepest of social problems and the existential angst of pre/post Civil War South, but does so in a highly symbolic way, and such that a portrayal of the ugly doesn't carry authorial judgment.  It's simply a tapestry of what was.  Linguistically, he is genius.  I do have to embrace the stream of consciousness style, which, for me, means not getting mired in the equation of the sentence structure and just absorbing the essence of what is said.  (Some pages are comprised entirely of 3 or 4 sentences embedded in a maze of transitions.)  It's not daunting if you go with the flow.  He's the anti-Hemingway in that regard.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on July 28, 2010, 11:57:36 AM
Dark and cynical?  I'd say no, even though almost all of them are tragedies.  He depicts the deepest of social problems and the existential angst of pre/post Civil War South, but does so in a highly symbolic way, and such that a portrayal of the ugly doesn't carry authorial judgment.  It's simply a tapestry of what was.  Linguistically, he is genius.  I do have to embrace the stream of consciousness style, which, for me, means not getting mired in the equation of the sentence structure and just absorbing the essence of what is said.  (Some pages are comprised entirely of 3 or 4 sentences embedded in a maze of transitions.)  It's not daunting if you go with the flow.  He's the anti-Hemingway in that regard.
Very well put; this makes me want to dig deeper.  Thank you.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on July 28, 2010, 01:24:53 PM
I'm reading "Newton and the Counterfeiter" right now:  http://www.amazon.com/Newton-Counterfeiter-Detective-Greatest-Scientist/dp/0151012784

Hard to believe, but after Isaac Newton made physics discovery history, he became the warden of the Mint.  Fascinating read on Isaac Newton's 3rd career (2nd was an alchemist - of course that didn't work out too well).

-Scott


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 04, 2010, 04:55:33 PM
The Education of a Wandering Man - Louis L'Amour's memoirs.  I underlined a sentence from almost every paragraph in the first chapter alone.  This guy was a fascinating character.  If you think he only was a teller of Western tales, you're missing a wealth of knowledge.  I can tell this will be a great book. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 04, 2010, 07:38:04 PM
creature,

When you finish it, let us know if you maintain your high regard for the book.  Louis L'amour is one I've never felt the inclination to pick up because of what you said;  I thought they were all Westerns.  But now I'm interested.

Along with my last read, which I'm still in the middle of, I'm reading The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten.  It was recommended on AGF and discusses the mindset of the musician, the life of music and some of the obstacles to allowing true musicality to flow through you.  Written in story form.  So far, so good.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 04, 2010, 08:38:13 PM
creature,

When you finish it, let us know if you maintain your high regard for the book.  Louis L'amour is one I've never felt the inclination to pick up because of what you said;  I thought they were all Westerns.  But now I'm interested.

I inherited his entire catalog from my grandfather.  I waited for years, but finally decided to get into them, mainly as a way to connect with my grandfather on an intellectual level, and see what all the fuss was about.  I wasn't sure where to begin so I chose a title at random.  It was ok, but I felt that I needed to understand the man behind the story a bit more before moving on, so I grabbed this one off the shelf next.  Also, I watched some YouTube videos of old interviews. It turns out that L'Amour was quite the intellectual giant, his own library consisting of over 10,000 titles.  I think after reading this one I might make the connection my grandfather made all those years ago.  I miss my grandfather a lot, as I loved him dearly.  His old books are a way to hang on, if only a little. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 04, 2010, 10:23:00 PM
      "Gruhn's guide to Vintage Guitars" 3rd edition updated and released this year.

It is full of descriptive information, but also has history and the time lines of a lot of companies. One thing that seems very odd is there is not one mention of Jean Larrivee or Bob Taylor. Yet he highly praises Bill Collings. (Of course Gruhn designed a guitar that Collings built)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on August 04, 2010, 10:32:46 PM
     Just started Stephen Kings "Under the Dome" and being that it has 1074 pages, I'll probably be a while before I come back and say what else I've started. 

Old folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Parlor Picker on August 05, 2010, 03:25:50 PM
"All For Poor Jack" by British singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Tilston. A cracking read!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 05, 2010, 04:58:28 PM
At the risk of appearing overly enthusiastic about this L'Amour memoir, I just want to add one more thing in case some of you ever decide to read it.  It's not really a traditional autobiography at all; rather it's more a chronicle of how he self-educated himself simply by reading books.  I thought it a fitting point to this thread, which is about books.  L'Amour chronicles the books he's read and tells of how they impacted him.  I had no idea this was the focal point of the book, as I thought it was more of a traditional memoir; but this is exactly the kind of thing that floats my boat.  If you're a reader, and I mean a real reader, and not just the casual book-peeker, you will enjoy reading about one of the most serious readers I've ever encountered. 

Okay, okay, I'll stop now. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on August 06, 2010, 01:12:22 AM
"One Square Mile of Hell. The Battle for Tarawa" by John Wukovits about the 2nd Marine Division landing on Betio Island in November, 1943. It makes me appreciate those who were here before us.

"A people that values it's privileges over it's principles soon loses both." Dwight D. Eisenhower


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ianc on August 08, 2010, 06:52:10 PM
The girl with the Dragon Tattoo,by Stieg Larsson.
This book is the first of a 3 set thriller  series. The author was Swedish,therefore the book was originally published  in Sweden. It takes awhile getting used to all the different names and places in Sweden.
I found that once you got into the story it was a nail biter.
The sad thing about the author was he turned in the 3 manuscripts to the publisher,and died a short time later at the age of 52.
He never knew his books got published, and all three of them are in the top 10 selling book charts, 6 years after his death.
I am definitely going to read the other 2 books.
At our library you would be either 107th, 63rd , or 30th  on the waiting list,depending on what book you wanted.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 18, 2010, 01:57:10 PM
Finished L'Amour's memoirs.  Totally blew me away. 

Right now I'm reading an old book called Stepping Heavenward by E. Prentiss. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: broKen on August 18, 2010, 05:24:48 PM
Hello Gents. I stopped by to have a listen at what's going on here. Very interesting. You guys ARE readers. I read very little these days but Ryler said something that caught my attention so I'll add my comment. Ryler, L'amour is a great story teller, and if you wanted a sample of his work that is not western, check out The Walking Drum, which is set in the 1100's in the near east. Or for a more modern setting, The Last of the Breed, which is set in the 1950's - 60's about a fighter pilot shot down and imprisoned in Russia. Both are typical L'amour, but fun reading.
Ken


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: brazil66 on August 18, 2010, 11:31:22 PM
The Last Stand. Nathaniel Philbrick. Very good.

And working through the Robert B. Parker list of hits....like eating Yodels.  :donut2 :donut2 :donut2


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: z-clay on August 19, 2010, 01:51:14 AM
"Under the Black Ensign" (L. Ron Hubbard 1936)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 25, 2010, 08:31:33 PM
Hello Gents. I stopped by to have a listen at what's going on here. Very interesting. You guys ARE readers. I read very little these days but Ryler said something that caught my attention so I'll add my comment. Ryler, L'amour is a great story teller, and if you wanted a sample of his work that is not western, check out The Walking Drum, which is set in the 1100's in the near east. Or for a more modern setting, The Last of the Breed, which is set in the 1950's - 60's about a fighter pilot shot down and imprisoned in Russia. Both are typical L'amour, but fun reading.
Ken

Thanks, Ken, for those recommendations.  I've got to check this guy out.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jbrummer on August 25, 2010, 08:37:44 PM
Or for a more modern setting, The Last of the Breed, which is set in the 1950's - 60's about a fighter pilot shot down and imprisoned in Russia. Both are typical L'amour, but fun reading.

In the same vein is James Dickey's novel To the White Sea, about a WWII airman who survives being shot down behind enemy lines in Japan and proceeds to make his way ever northward.  Dickey (famous for Deliverance) writes fiction with a poet's sensibilities . . . assuming the poet is also a bare-knuckle brawler.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: teh on August 26, 2010, 03:20:21 AM
"Last of the Breed" was a great book. I have to dig it out and read it again. If you can find "Mountain Man" by Vardis Fisher (the inspiration for the movie Jeremiah Johnson) it is another well written and similar story. Especially the escape of the main character Sam Minard from his captors (A band of Blackfeet Indians) in the middle of the winter to return to Kate's cabin (The crazy woman from the Wolftail Valley in the movie).

I just finished "Last Words" the autobiography of George Carlin. I saw him perform three times in the 10 years before he died and he never did the same material twice. One hour of standup without notes. Pretty amazing to watch a guy whose career spanned nearly 50 years.

"Just because you got the monkey of your back doesn't mean the circus has left town." George Carlin



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 05, 2010, 08:02:11 PM
Reading lots of poems by Longfellow, Dickinson, Frost. 

Also, I'm on a George Macdonald kick.  I've got the Golden Key going, Phatastes is up next and The Princess and the Goblin.  Good stuff. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: pennerblue on September 14, 2010, 03:01:57 AM
Okay...this certainly isn't going to be read in a Classics of Literature course, but I'm reading "On the Grid" by Scott Huler.

http://www.scotthuler.com/grid/

If you've ever wondered how you get drinking water, where storm runoff from streets goes, how roads are laid out, how you get your power, etc. (i.e. how the infrastructure that we all take for granted actually works)...this is highly recommended.

Written for the average person, by someone with no engineering background after spending countless hours asking questions and taking tours around his hometown.

A very easy, quick, but informative read.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on September 14, 2010, 02:01:50 PM
George Macdonald has been blowing my mind.  I took a break to read a bit from his disciple, C.S. Lewis.  I'm reading his The Great Divorce right now.  I'm also reading a biography on Lewis right now from Alan Jacobs called The Narnian.  Very good stuff all.  
Up next: more George Macdonald.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on September 14, 2010, 03:11:36 PM
"The Case for God" by Karen Armstrong. And "Pacific Vortex" by Clive Cussler, the 1st Dirk Pitt book.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on October 07, 2010, 05:03:42 PM
     "The Bone Orchard" by D. Daniel Judson.  Just started it the other day after FINALLY finishing S. Kings "Under the Dome". 

Old Folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on October 07, 2010, 05:25:04 PM
"Don't shoot,  I'm the guitar man"   by Buzzy Martin

True account of his experiences teaching guitar to San Quentin inmates. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dr. LJ on October 07, 2010, 05:40:08 PM
Just finished Faye Kellerman's Hangman and one about Viet Nam called Matterhorn.
Also just read the Tony Rice Bio Still Inside.  I go through books like some people go through potato chips.

LJ


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: gschaps on October 07, 2010, 07:00:14 PM
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe .  My daughter's studying the tales in her high school english class and I thought my 14 year old son might enjoy reading them too.  I certainly did "back in the day".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on October 15, 2010, 02:39:41 AM
  "Cold Mountain".  I like it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 17, 2010, 01:57:12 PM
Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon.  A great book on traveling the backroads of America.  Not as good as Travels with Charley, but it's up there. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: jcbuggs on October 29, 2010, 01:56:27 PM
Just got my copy of "Life" by Keith Richards. Only 60 pages in but a fun read so far. Opening story cracked me up! 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on October 29, 2010, 02:06:13 PM
  I am still enjoying "Cold Mountain", but I found a short book named "Iron Scouts of the Confederacy" by Lee McGiffin.
  This is a true story of two young men who's father had died in the civil war as well as their mother at an earlier time. Anyway it is a very good little book with a lot of humanity portrayed on both sides of the war as well as humor and sadness. I finished it a few days ago.

   I'll get back to Cold Mountain now.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 29, 2010, 08:32:58 PM
To Tame a Land - Louis L'Amour

Western fiction, or "Frontier Stories," as L'Amour called them, don't get much better than this one. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: prsphantom on October 29, 2010, 10:01:21 PM
Alphabet of Grace by Frederick Buechner


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on October 30, 2010, 01:54:56 AM
Alphabet of Grace by Frederick Buechner
Love Buechner. That is a good book.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on October 30, 2010, 06:35:11 PM
The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett.  So far, very good.  Lots and lots of it to go.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Zingo on October 30, 2010, 07:56:42 PM
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson. Only recently got into murder mysteries, but this is a really good one.

Chris


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on November 02, 2010, 12:30:12 AM
Just finished Devil in the White City. I'm struggling through Blue Like Jazz. Also reading I Shall Wear Midnight. Hubby recently gave me a Kindle. I didn't know how I would like it but I've gotten some classics I have been meaning to read. I really like being able to change the font size. And not having to remember where I put my book.

Deb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 02, 2010, 02:12:37 PM
I read Blue Like Jazz.   :yawn
I do recommend Miller's book Through Painted Deserts though. Very good stuff.  I just don't care for his take on theological matters.  There are just too many other great minds out there for me to spend much time listening to Miller pontificate and ask questions ad nauseum.

Currently reading a ton of Emily Dickinson poetry. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on November 03, 2010, 12:39:07 AM
I read Blue Like Jazz.   :yawn
I do recommend Miller's book Through Painted Deserts though. Very good stuff. 
Maybe I'll give that a try. I just find myself getting really annoyed with him. I like Edna Hong's books on theology, as well as some of Brennan Manning.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 03, 2010, 01:03:42 AM
Maybe I'll give that a try. I just find myself getting really annoyed with him. I like Edna Hong's books on theology, as well as some of Brennan Manning.
"Deserts" is a travel-log kind of book about Miller and a friend making their way through the country in a van back in the 90s. I really like that book and might read it again someday.  I guess he annoys me as well.  Manning is a more solid thinker than Miller, in my opinion.  I'm not crazy about his theology necessarily, but I at least like the fact that he's got more miles under his belt and seems to be coming from a place of conviction and experience.  Miller is too flavor-of-the-week (and too young) for me to take that seriously, theologically.  I like seasoned thinkers and writers on the subject, not folks who sell theological books by constantly asking questions they don't really want any answers to (my take, I realize). 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: wyodeb on November 03, 2010, 01:20:49 AM
His book just reminds me of when we were in seminary (in our 20s) and we used to sit around the tables in the cafeteria and spout profundities about which we really had no idea. We liked to think of our conversations as deeply theological. In hindsight, we were all pretty ridiculous.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 03, 2010, 02:06:39 PM
"All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask—half of our great theological and metaphysical problems—are like that."
-C.S. Lewis


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on November 03, 2010, 02:14:12 PM
"All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask—half of our great theological and metaphysical problems—are like that."
-C.S. Lewis
  That is wisdom.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 06, 2010, 05:26:58 PM
Hondo - Louis L'Amour


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dr. LJ on November 12, 2010, 11:46:31 PM
Just finished The Dome by Stephan King.  It is about 9,000,000 pages long but I really enjoyed it.  I have not read any King in a while so it was fun to get back into one of his books.

LJ


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on November 12, 2010, 11:53:28 PM
   I finished Cold Mountain. There are several chapters with a lot of musical reference. That was a surprise and made the story much more interesting.
 
  Started "Band of Brothers" last night and finished the first chapter. I am already liking it better than the HBO series. Though I thought that was well done.

  I had read "Citizen Soldier" which is the broader view of WW II in Europe and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to this one as well.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on November 13, 2010, 01:53:07 AM
Almost done with Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on November 13, 2010, 02:32:31 PM
I'm just into my annual go-round with The Lord of the Rings. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Opy on November 19, 2010, 06:23:31 AM
I've been reading a lot of Wilbur Smith lately and James Patterson - Alex Cross. I just got the audiobook Life by Keith Richards. That is pretty interesting.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on November 22, 2010, 11:06:09 AM
   I finished "Band of Brothers" and was wanting it to be longer. I have heard of a book written by Major Winters, who was the "real" leader of E company and will try to find it as well.
   
   Meanwhile I am back to "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen E. Ambrose. This is a must read for me, as I was a high school drop out many moons ago and this history of Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American west is an eye opener. I don't get the feeling this was a history re-write to please the current political climate. Just the facts gathered from letters and other scholars presented in a fashion that may be construed as tedious with all the small added details.
   But for me the details put me in the moment and that is good writing IMHO. Much better than the "Hollywood" re-writes about Jefferson to sell movie tickets and tickle the ears of the daytime TV gossip groups. :whistling:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on November 22, 2010, 01:30:10 PM
Sean Wilentz - Bob Dylan in America. Highly recommended. Especially for history buffs.


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Post by: Caleb on November 22, 2010, 06:18:10 PM
Dan - I, too, want to learn more about Lewis and Clark.  I got that book (twice!) by Ambrose and just could not make it come to life for me. I want a book about half that size that focuses more on the actual experience and no so much the political ramifications of the expedition.  I think there was just way more detail by Ambrose than I was/am looking for.   And like you, I blew off my school years and am learning all this stuff later in life.  But in hindsight, I don't think I'd change a thing. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on January 23, 2011, 07:02:14 PM
                             
I just finished UNDAUNTED COURAGE, by Stephen E. Ambrose

   It was a book full of meticulous details, but in the end the understanding you gain regarding the culture and power struggles in U.S. politics and among the Indians is an enlarging experience.

    Ambrose did his research well and he did not give into the myths and politically correct present re-writing of American history.

                                 Highly recommended and well worth the investment in time.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: WPete on January 23, 2011, 08:40:55 PM
Also just finished this series - if you start them - be prepared to end up reading very late or all night. No guitar content tho.

The girl with the Dragon Tattoo,by Stieg Larsson.
This book is the first of a 3 set thriller  series. ...
I found that once you got into the story it was a nail biter.
The sad thing about the author was he turned in the 3 manuscripts to the publisher,and died a short time later at the age of 52.
He never knew his books got published, and all three of them are in the top 10 selling book charts, 6 years after his death......


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on January 23, 2011, 11:24:03 PM
"LIFE"     the autobiography of Keith Richards.   It's quite a story as you can well imagine.   :whistling:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 23, 2011, 11:55:17 PM
I've got a few going:

If You Want To Write - Brenda Ueland
My annual reading of The Lord of the Rings
A Mind Awake (Anthology of CS Lewis quotes)
The Narnian - Alan Jacobs
A Dish or Orts - George MacDonald
Lots of poetry by the bedside...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ncognito on January 24, 2011, 04:12:02 AM
Desert Solitaire-- Edward Abbey

It was a bit tedious to get through, but worth it for the strong opinions about preserving wilderness as wilderness rather than pavement.

 DAVE


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 01, 2011, 05:11:46 PM
   Been sick for about a week and a half with "Cedar Fever". If you live in central Texas you know what that is. It developed into a respiratory infection so I'm at the end of 10 days of antibiotics. Anyway it gave me some time to read a little more, when my eyes weren't too blurry.

   
So I finished an excellent novel based on letters and documents about the battle of Gettysburg.
   
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

As I read this book I found myself remembering a movie about Gettysburg. Somewhere close to the end I did a search and discovered that this book is what the movie "Gettysburg" with Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen etc. is based on. I highly recommend this one for its factual closeness and the fleshing out of the characters. As well as the overview of philosophical thought on both sides of the struggle.

  I am about to finish a Hemingway book now "The sun also rises" I almost stopped reading it after a few pages and aside from trout fishing and descriptions of the countryside this seems to be a summation of a decadent lifestyle that Hemingway himself lived. I don't think this novel is worth the time to read it. Though I will at least start on another Hemingway book and give it a chance.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 01, 2011, 05:20:52 PM


  I am about to finish a Hemingway book now "The sun also rises" I almost stopped reading it after a few pages and aside from trout fishing and descriptions of the countryside this seems to be a summation of a decadent lifestyle that Hemingway himself lived. I don't think this novel is worth the time to read it. Though I will at least start on another Hemingway book and give it a chance.
Sorry to hear of your sickness, Danny.  I've only read one Hemingway book, The Old Man and the Sea.  I liked it.  It was back in my getting-into-reading days and it spoke to me deeply, though his existentialism shines through pretty bright.  No harm there for me, but I have to do that stuff in small doses as stuff from the light-hearted fare is more my leaning.  The man surely had a way with the pen, no denying that. 

I just started The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald and am on the final stretch of the LOTR books.  Man, once the ring is destroyed and they head back to the Shire it's pure magic to me.  Sign me up for a ticket to the Shire!


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Post by: tuffythepug on February 01, 2011, 05:28:57 PM
Of the modern American masters Hemmingway is, to me, much more difficult to digest than Steinbeck.   Just my personal observation.   

I finished "Life" by Keith Richards and I'm now well into "The Inner Circle" by Brad Meltzer.    Seems like it will be a "DaVinci Code" type of story:  Secret gov't shenanigans and the like.   Pretty good read so far.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 01, 2011, 05:31:34 PM
   The Old Man and the Sea is a good one and I agree about Steinbeck.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 01, 2011, 05:41:44 PM
I like Steinbeck's style a lot better than Hemingway, though, as I've said, my exposure to him is minimal.  But Steinbeck really appeals for some reason. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on February 01, 2011, 06:28:06 PM
I like Steinbeck's style a lot better than Hemingway, though, as I've said, my exposure to him is minimal.  But Steinbeck really appeals for some reason. 

I guess I've read all the Steinbeck material now.   For a change of pace, try "Travels With Charley".   It's not a novel but rather a travelogue about crossing the country in a pickup truck and camper with his poodle (Charley)   No plot at all.  Just relating what he saw and who he met along the way.  A great snapshot of America of that time period.

Yup, Hemmingway's "the old man and the sea" is excellent.   The movie was good too.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 01, 2011, 06:56:36 PM
I guess I've read all the Steinbeck material now.   For a change of pace, try "Travels With Charley".   It's not a novel but rather a travelogue about crossing the country in a pickup truck and camper with his poodle (Charley)   No plot at all.  Just relating what he saw and who he met along the way.  A great snapshot of America of that time period.

Yup, Hemmingway's "the old man and the sea" is excellent.   The movie was good too.
Travels is one of my favorite books. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ncognito on February 01, 2011, 07:10:11 PM
I like Steinbeck's style a lot better than Hemingway, though, as I've said, my exposure to him is minimal.  But Steinbeck really appeals for some reason. 


Steinbeck is my all time favorite.  Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea was excellent, but like Danny I can't relate to his decadence and egocentricity in his other novels which is the same reason that F Scott Fitzgerald's stuff turns me off.

I'm now reading "The Art of Driving in the Rain" by Stein.  It amazes me that a book with a dog as the narrator could be so genuine and credible.  It consistenty has evoked tears and bursts of laughter.

        DAVE


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on February 01, 2011, 07:43:46 PM
"Compulsion" by Jonathan Kellerman, An LA based detective author who is also a guitar collector. Recently published the coffee-table book "With Strings Attached." I am waiting to get a copy.

PS I enjoy Steinbeck, another great California writer, but also Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner. Chandler, Coonts, Koontz, Clancy, Hammett, ...yada yada yada.


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Post by: jeremy3220 on February 01, 2011, 07:56:14 PM
   I am about to finish a Hemingway book now "The sun also rises" I almost stopped reading it after a few pages and aside from trout fishing and descriptions of the countryside this seems to be a summation of a decadent lifestyle that Hemingway himself lived. I don't think this novel is worth the time to read it. Though I will at least start on another Hemingway book and give it a chance.

I'm a Hemingway fan but I agree with you "The Sun Also Rises" wasn't good. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "A Farewell to Arms" were much better. So I wouldn't write him off based on " The Sun Also Rises".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 01, 2011, 07:58:58 PM
I'm a Hemingway fan but I agree with you "The Sun Also Rises" wasn't good. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "A Farewell to Arms" were much better. So I wouldn't write him off based on " The Sun Also Rises".
"A Farewell to Arms" is the one I will start now.

                 Travels with Charley was a fun read. (Steinbeck)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 01, 2011, 09:34:07 PM


... F Scott Fitzgerald's stuff turns me off.

I read Gatsby a couple years ago and thoroughly enjoyed. I have since acquired a volume of his short stories but haven't read any of them yet.  Short stories are not hard to find, but good short stories are in my experience.  I really like Flannery O'Connor's, but many of them drag, to me at least.  I tend to like older ones like Washington Irving's stories.  My reading time has gotten so scarce that I'll not give that Fitzgerald volume very long before moving on if I don't like it.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 02, 2011, 12:52:56 AM
I read Gatsby a couple years ago and thoroughly enjoyed. I have since acquired a volume of his short stories but haven't read any of them yet.  Short stories are not hard to find, but good short stories are in my experience.  I really like Flannery O'Connor's, but many of them drag, to me at least.  I tend to like older ones like Washington Irving's stories.  My reading time has gotten so scarce that I'll not give that Fitzgerald volume very long before moving on if I don't like it.
The Great Gatsby was a good read.


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Post by: jbrummer on February 02, 2011, 01:54:08 AM
Just about done reading Cold Mountain with my senior english class -- a terrific read by an author who consistently makes all the right choices.  Highly recommend it.  If you like it, read Cormac McCarthy and hear what had to be one of Charles Frazier's prime inspirations.  Fitzgerald could craft a pretty damn good sentence too, come to mention it. Oh, I'm also a hundred or so pages into Life by Keith Richards . . . looks to be a wild ride (imagine that).


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Post by: tuffythepug on February 02, 2011, 04:05:13 AM
Just about done reading Cold Mountain with my senior english class -- a terrific read by an author who consistently makes all the right choices.  Highly recommend it.  If you like it, read Cormac McCarthy and hear what had to be one of Charles Frazier's prime inspirations.  Fitzgerald could craft a pretty damn good sentence too, come to mention it. Oh, I'm also a hundred or so pages into Life by Keith Richards . . . looks to be a wild ride (imagine that).

I couldn't put the Keith Richards book down.   We're about the same age and experienced some of the same things growing up in the 50's and 60's.    Yes, indeed, it is a quite a wild ride to say the least


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Post by: Danny on February 02, 2011, 04:56:48 AM
Just about done reading Cold Mountain with my senior english class -- a terrific read by an author who consistently makes all the right choices.  Highly recommend it.  If you like it, read Cormac McCarthy and hear what had to be one of Charles Frazier's prime inspirations.  Fitzgerald could craft a pretty damn good sentence too, come to mention it. Oh, I'm also a hundred or so pages into Life by Keith Richards . . . looks to be a wild ride (imagine that).
  I also read "Cold Mountain" recently and liked it a lot.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on February 08, 2011, 06:28:24 PM
Just got done with John Saul's "House of Reckoning" and have started a new one called "The Wrecker" by Clive Cussler.

Old folky


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: KenHolden on February 08, 2011, 09:36:32 PM
I'm a fan of Clive Cussler's work too. I'm trying to get through the series of his books, but it's going to take some time.  Ironically though, I hate boats, and seem to spend a bit of time reading about them. 

I haven't had the chance yet to read Keith Richards book, but I'm sure I can fit it in there somewhere.


   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on February 09, 2011, 12:04:13 PM
I'm a fan of Clive Cussler's work too. I'm trying to get through the series of his books, but it's going to take some time.  Ironically though, I hate boats, and seem to spend a bit of time reading about them. 

I haven't had the chance yet to read Keith Richards book, but I'm sure I can fit it in there somewhere.

This one doesn't have any boats so far, though it has a lot of trains (or should I say the destruction of trains).  I don't think I've read any of his other books yet, but I probably will. 
   


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Post by: Dr. LJ on February 09, 2011, 12:24:42 PM
Just finished Life by Keith Richards and I am ready to start the new Tom Clancy.

LJ


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on February 09, 2011, 02:33:29 PM
Gonna get Rumslelds "Known and Unknown" for my cruise reading.  Love him or hate him, that guys lived through a bunch of history.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on February 09, 2011, 02:35:41 PM
Gonna get Rumslelds "Known and Unknown" for my cruise reading.  Love him or hate him, that guys lived through a bunch of history.

Word.  (I have a soon to be teenager, if that explains my response.)


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Post by: striped_blues on February 09, 2011, 05:17:58 PM
ive been working on "house of leaves" for a very long time. its such a hard book to get through!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Tele on February 09, 2011, 05:45:20 PM
I'm currently reading Shadow Divers (http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Divers-Adventure-Americans-Everything/dp/0375508589) Just finished "Empire of the Summer Moon". I read mostly non-fiction though.

Tele


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 18, 2011, 02:04:37 AM
The Abolition of Man - C.S. Lewis 

It's a small collection of essays.  One page is taking me about 30 minutes to get through.  Lewis could really pack a lot into a few paragraphs.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 18, 2011, 02:38:05 AM
   I started Hemingway's "A farewell to arms", but I think I will give up on him. Too much muck for my tastes. I was considering Audie Murphy's "To Hell and back". I'll have to find a copy first.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rikstar on February 18, 2011, 02:58:31 AM
Currently reading "A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt" by Robert Earl Hardy.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 18, 2011, 04:05:30 AM
   I started Hemingway's "A farewell to arms", but I think I will give up on him. Too much muck for my tastes. I was considering Audie Murphy's "To Hell and back". I'll have to find a copy first.
I hear you. Sometimes I'll pick up a book because it's considered classic or great, and after I get into it I start wondering why I'm reading it and who I'm trying to impress.  Then I get over myself and move on to the books I _want_ to read. Life's too short to read the wrong books.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on February 23, 2011, 02:37:50 PM
Couldn't agree more with the above.  I loved the first chapter of Moby Dick.  Thereafter it was pure suffering for me.  I put it down.  Now I'm reading The 42nd Parallel, part of the U.S.A trilogy by John Dos Passos.  Again, only on the first chapter and I think it's outstanding.  Let's see if Dos Passos can get me to chapter two more eagerly than Melville.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on February 23, 2011, 02:55:13 PM
it took me three attempts to conquer Moby-Dick, but well worth it. (hence my name here, "Queequeg" the S Pacific headhunter and lead harpooneer in this Herman Melville classic).
Right now I'm reading Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America by Jonathan Gould. More than simply a fan book. Great history of the 50s and 60s in Britain and here in the states. The bigger picture of what was going on in those times, politically and otherwise which allowed for such a phenomenal pop explosion.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on February 23, 2011, 03:00:06 PM
A little OT, but it has to do with books.  Went to our local Borders last night.  Going out of business...liquidation sale.  Tons of folks there buying "close-out sale" books at 20% off.  Too funny...before the sale those same books were marked 30% off, and at Borders on line they're 46% off.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on February 23, 2011, 04:16:06 PM
A little OT, but it has to do with books.  Went to our local Borders last night.  Going out of business...liquidation sale.  Tons of folks there buying "close-out sale" books at 20% off.  Too funny...before the sale those same books were marked 30% off, and at Borders on line they're 46% off.
  Yup, really some dumb buyers in America.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on February 23, 2011, 04:43:53 PM
A little OT, but it has to do with books.  Went to our local Borders last night.  Going out of business...liquidation sale.  Tons of folks there buying "close-out sale" books at 20% off.  Too funny...before the sale those same books were marked 30% off, and at Borders on line they're 46% off.
Borders is headquartered in my little home town of Ann Arbor, MI. Tom Border sold the business quite a while ago. So we've had lots of Borders layoffs here in the last year or so and they have accelerated recently as you might imagine. They missed the boat from a marketing strategy several times in the last few years and they haven't had a mission of any kind for quite a while now. They even ventured into teddy bear sales of some sort a few months back. How's that for inspiration? er, I mean desperation. They have one of the worst websites on the internet. Amazon simply kicked their a$$ every which way.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Walkerman on February 23, 2011, 05:04:13 PM
Borders is headquartered in my little home town of Ann Arbor, MI. Tom Border sold the business quite a while ago. So we've had lots of Borders layoffs here in the last year or so and they have accelerated recently as you might imagine. They missed the boat from a marketing strategy several times in the last few years and they haven't had a mission of any kind for quite a while now. They even ventured into teddy bear sales of some sort a few months back. How's that for inspiration? er, I mean desperation. They have one of the worst websites on the internet. Amazon simply kicked their a$$ every which way.

I think all booksellers are getting their bums kicked.  Why buy a book when you can download it for a couple of bucks.  Look at blockbuster and hollywood video...netflix made them dinosaurs.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 23, 2011, 09:37:17 PM
Too bad about Borders.  I went there at Christmas to get some gifts and enjoyed it. 

I read Moby Dick a few years ago.  It was sheer drudgery and I'll probably never read it again.  I'll admit that I did it just to say that I'd read it.  The crap we sometimes do to try and look smart. . .


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Queequeg on February 23, 2011, 09:47:25 PM
Too bad about Borders.  I went there at Christmas to get some gifts and enjoyed it. 

I read Moby Dick a few years ago.  It was sheer drudgery and I'll probably never read it again.  I'll admit that I did it just to say that I'd read it.  The crap we sometimes do to try and look smart. . .
My reason for reading it was because I was living in the West Indies (Eastern Caribbean) at the time, and have a strong interest in whales which were prevalent in the area.
If I wanted to look smart, I would lose 30 pounds.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 23, 2011, 11:10:08 PM
My reason for reading it was because I was living in the West Indies (Eastern Caribbean) at the time, and have a strong interest in whales which were prevalent in the area.
If I wanted to look smart, I would lose 30 pounds.
There are/were/have been quite a few smart fat folk.
This fellow comes to mind:
(http://affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/wp-content/uploads/gk_chesterton.jpg)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on February 24, 2011, 04:28:42 AM
Just finished Tom Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House. A breezy read at 110 pages. Ostensibly about architecture. A must read, I don't why it took me so long to get around to it. Highly recommended.

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/x0/x4407.jpg)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on February 24, 2011, 04:39:24 AM
Just finished Tom Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House. A breezy read at 110 pages. Ostensibly about architecture. A must read, I don't why it took me so long to get around to it. Highly recommended.

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/x0/x4407.jpg)
Loved that book too. And all of his books. Great writer.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on February 24, 2011, 02:28:13 PM
Duck,

When you say "ostensibly" about architecture, what's the deeper theme of the book?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on February 24, 2011, 05:46:57 PM
Duck,

When you say "ostensibly" about architecture, what's the deeper theme of the book?

Well, it's about what became of architecture in the 20th century and how a certain school of thought came to dominate the activity even though human beings themselves, hated it. An analogy can be drawn, at least by me and I think by Wolfe, that similar totalitarian or perhaps, if you prefer, postmodern thought has bunged up other areas of life and not just modern architecture. Marxism, by any other name, in any other area of human activity, is theoretically appealing to some but, in practice, it's all bunk. That's my take, anyway.   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 24, 2011, 05:55:58 PM
I remember once reading an essay by Chesterton (the fat guy on the previous page for those who missed it) about how architecture changed drastically as our view of the eternal started to fade.  In a nutshell, when folks believed in eternity and eternal values, their buildings (and art in general) reflected that.  But today things are not meant to last, because at our core we don't really believe anything will.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on February 24, 2011, 06:25:26 PM
Well, it's about what became of architecture in the 20th century and how a certain school of thought came to dominate the activity even though human beings themselves, hated it. An analogy can be drawn, at least by me and I think by Wolfe, that similar totalitarian or perhaps, if you prefer, postmodern thought has bunged up other areas of life and not just modern architecture. Marxism, by any other name, in any other area of human activity, is theoretically appealing to some but, in practice, it's all bunk. That's my take, anyway.   
Pretty good summary.  :wave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: broKen on February 24, 2011, 09:59:32 PM
I remember once reading an essay by Chesterton (the fat guy on the previous page for those who missed it) about how architecture changed drastically as our view of the eternal started to fade.  In a nutshell, when folks believed in eternity and eternal values, their buildings (and art in general) reflected that.  But today things are not meant to last, because at our core we don't really believe anything will.  

That's interesting, but I can't say I know anything about the arts or architecture. It would make for interesting study. What you (or Chesterton) said here reminds me of something I read recently though. The idea was that if the foundations are destroyed, the basis of civilization will be gone, i.e. civility will end. To put it another way, every man does what is right in his own eyes.

Monarchy is the only form of government that will endure. Just my opinion.
Sorry for the sidetrack here. I shan't do it again. Now back to books.
Here is one I'm sure no one here will recognize. I've been working through "Not Without Design" by M. Rosenthal.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on February 25, 2011, 12:53:28 AM
broKen: I enjoyed the sidetrack. 

Currently reading:

'Think' by John Piper.  Excellent so far.  It's mainly about...thinking.  I'm particularly enjoying his take on anti-intellectualism in evangelical Christianity. 

I'm also doing my annual reading of the Chronicles of Narnia.  I'm going through The Horse and His Boy right now.  I like these better each time I read them.  And I've read them a bunch. 


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Post by: Danny on March 09, 2011, 05:39:40 AM
  My wife handed me a few novels a couple of days ago. "To Dance with the White Dog" by Terry Kay was hard to put down. I just finished it and I will never forget Sam, Neelie, White Dog and the emotional engagement of this novel.
  There was a surprise disclaimer after the end of the book. It really adds something to the feelings created in you by this story. But do not read it beforehand, it would ruin the story in my view. I said this in case you stumble upon it before finishing the book, just leave it for after the end. It was an unexpected delight and surprise.

                  (Much better than Hemingway, IMHO)     LIFE, LOSS, MYSTERY, AND HOPE :thumbsup


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Post by: ryler on March 09, 2011, 02:06:25 PM
Danny,

That's an intriguing endorsement.  I may have to pick that one up. 


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Post by: Caleb on March 09, 2011, 03:16:45 PM
Danny/ryler: I checked the reviews on Amazon and it's highly spoken of.  I've never heard of this one.  But it sounds interesting.  I like hopeful stories and have pretty much resolved to read only those kinds of books for the rest of my life.  My reading time is precious to me, so why waste it reading something that makes me sad?  

I just started Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood by George MacDonald

and

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  If you like pioneer-era history, you would like her books.  I have learned more about the daily lives of those folks and how they did things than I have in any other reading on the subject.  If you can manage to shaked the "children's book" stigma from your mind, and realize a good book is just a good book, then you'd look hard to find better writing on pioneer life.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on March 09, 2011, 03:38:31 PM
  I asked my wife if she had seen the disclaimer at the end and she had not. In a good book I always am sad to end it so I tend to turn the page just in case. Once in awhile there is something tacked on that ties things up quite neatly.
  There was a TV movie made about this book, but I think it does not come close to the depth the written word delivers (as most movies don't).
                   Anyway it's an easy read as well, so check it out.


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Post by: jeremy3220 on March 09, 2011, 04:06:15 PM
I'm about to embark on 'Atlas Shrugged'. I didn't realize it was over a thousand pages and made the mistake of ordering the cheap mass market version with the small pages and print.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on March 09, 2011, 04:15:49 PM
I'm about to embark on 'Atlas Shrugged'. I didn't realize it was over a thousand pages and made the mistake of ordering the cheap mass market version with the small pages and print.
  I use some reading lamps that are high intensity. I also use these when I work on guitar finishes. It helps my reading very much.


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Post by: cke on March 09, 2011, 06:15:02 PM
Just picked up David Brooks new book "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement"


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Post by: jeremy3220 on March 10, 2011, 03:55:07 AM
  I use some reading lamps that are high intensity. I also use these when I work on guitar finishes. It helps my reading very much.

Thanks, I'll make sure there's plenty of light.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on April 11, 2011, 01:56:28 AM
  Finished "Beyond Band of Brothers" by Major Dick Winters. After reading Citizen Soldier and Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, this book from the memoirs of Major Winters is very welcome. It fills in some of the holes and corrects just a few matters.
  Of all the members of Easy Company and I think even the 101st Airborne, who started at Tacoa, Major Winters was the last to die recently. Thanks to Tom Hanks and others they will never be forgotten as the "Band of Brothers".

           I was listening to a WW II vet today speaking of being shot down and captured in Holland. I was just in the right place at the right time. When I heard him speaking to someone else I just knew immediately I needed to sit down nearby and listen. I thought of walking over and thanking him, but was afraid I might embarrass him if I welled up with tears or something, so I just listened.

           I am very thankful and proud of all the men and women who have fought for freedom around the world. Especially proud of those who resisted the evil of the Nazi's and others in WW II.
                                                        I for one will never forget what they did for us all.


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Post by: Caleb on April 12, 2011, 12:00:07 PM
I'm on a Louis L'Amour short story kick of late.  Rowdy Rides to Glory is one of the best stories I've read in a long time.  A good short story is like a breath of fresh air. 


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Post by: Danny on April 14, 2011, 12:04:36 AM
  Just started "About Face" another thick book that I intend to read every word, cover to cover. Already it has me intrigued.


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Post by: ryler on April 14, 2011, 01:51:04 PM
  Just started "About Face" another thick book that I intend to read every word, cover to cover. Already it has me intrigued.

I read a lot of that book a few years ago.  The one by Col. David Hackworth.  My husband saw him speak and brought home the book for me.  It was a fascinating read.  Funny, after the last one you read I was going to post a recommendation of Hackworth's to you, Danny, but didn't.  It is long, that's for sure, but very worthwhile. 

Creature, I've been picking up Louis L'Amour books (on your recommnedation) for my husband to listen to in the car and he's hooked.

I am reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.  So far, tepid.  I'm wondering if I'll sense an overall point to it beyond quotidian description and banter.  I love a good description of the everyday goings on, but it has to be part of a larger context--that's what I can't yet discern.


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Post by: Danny on April 14, 2011, 02:04:18 PM
I read a lot of that book a few years ago.  The one by Col. David Hackworth.  My husband saw him speak and brought home the book for me.  It was a fascinating read.  Funny, after the last one you read I was going to post a recommendation of Hackworth's to you, Danny, but didn't.  It is long, that's for sure, but very worthwhile. 

Creature, I've been picking up Louis L'Amour books (on your recommnedation) for my husband to listen to in the car and he's hooked.

I am reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.  So far, tepid.  I'm wondering if I'll sense an overall point to it beyond quotidian description and banter.  I love a good description of the everyday goings on, but it has to be part of a larger context--that's what I can't yet discern.
  It is by Col. David Hackworth. This was recommended to be by a friend who is a Vietnam Vet and retired military. He said if you want the truth (Vietnam) it's in this book.


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Post by: Caleb on April 14, 2011, 02:10:34 PM
ryler: That's cool that you all have been turned on to L'Amour.  His real strength is the characters he created.  I just started his 'Flint' a couple days ago after finishing a volume of his shorts.  'Flint' has the rawness of his earlier writing, some of his later work lacks a bit of that, in my view. 

I read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader yesterday (for the umpeenth time) and bought the movie and watched it last night.  That was a great experience because the book, though much different from the film, was so fresh on my mind.  I like how they kept Aslan's lines, many of them anyway, the same as the book.  The spirit of those stories hit me like hardly anything else. 


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Post by: Queequeg on April 14, 2011, 02:16:56 PM
I just finished TINKERS by Paul Harding. The language in this book is so good that it is lyrical. His phrases just hang in the air for a while after you read them.
this from amazon.com:
Harding's outstanding debut unfurls the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather surrounded by his family in his New England home. George Washington Crosby repairs clocks for a living and on his deathbed revisits his turbulent childhood as the oldest son of an epileptic smalltime traveling salesman. The descriptions of the father's epilepsy and the cold halo of chemical electricity that encircled him immediately before he was struck by a full seizure are stunning, and the household's sadness permeates the narrative as George returns to more melancholy scenes. The real star is Harding's language, which dazzles whether he's describing the workings of clocks, sensory images of nature, the many engaging side characters who populate the book, or even a short passage on how to build a bird nest. This is an especially gorgeous example of novelistic craftsmanship.


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Post by: ducktrapper on April 14, 2011, 09:22:39 PM
Rain Gods - James Lee Burke. Riveting crime drama.  Hey, I had to spend fours in the Winnipeg airport last night on the way home. Good read. Time went fast. Flight flew by too. Ha ha. Anyway, much better than the average page turner. This guy can really write.   


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on April 15, 2011, 12:33:01 AM
Not to bring up my husband for a second time in two posts, but he is a huge fan of James Lee Burke.  I've never read the guy, but now I think I ought to try.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on April 15, 2011, 10:58:54 AM
Not to bring up my husband for a second time in two posts, but he is a huge fan of James Lee Burke.  I've never read the guy, but now I think I ought to try.

He's very good if you like gritty, cop and crime dramas. Most of his novels have New Orleans detective Dave Robichaux as the protagonist. In Rain Gods, he moves west to Texas with a lawman by the name of Hackberry Holland. He creates some pretty memorable characters. It's not Proust but I think your husband's on to something. Who the heck can read Proust, anway?  :winkin:      


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Post by: ryler on April 15, 2011, 01:28:08 PM
He's very good if you like gritty, cop and crime dramas. Most of his novels have New Orleans detective Dave Robichaux as the protagonist. In Rain Gods, he moves west to Texas with a lawman by the name of Hackleberry Holland. He creates some pretty memorable characters. It's not Proust but I think your husband's on to something. Who the heck can read Proust, anway?  :winkin:      

Duck,  I tried Proust and got half way through it, appreciated the lyricism of his work--or of the translation, and then realized I was bored off my arse.  So much for my cultured side.


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Post by: ducktrapper on April 15, 2011, 04:20:23 PM
Duck,  I tried Proust and got half way through it, appreciated the lyricism of his work--or of the translation, and then realized I was bored off my arse.  So much for my cultured side.

You did better than I did. I read the first 100 pages or so and he still hadn't gotten out of bed. I realized I got what Proust was up to but didn't actually have to read the whole thing to appreciate the search for lost time. I have my own past. I think Burke may be more relevant these days.   


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Post by: Caleb on April 15, 2011, 04:54:14 PM
With the sea of good books we have access to, life's just too short to read something boring. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 30, 2011, 03:30:50 PM
Reading LEEPIKE RIDGE by N.D. Wilson.  This is a Goonies-type treasure story.  I'm about half-way through it.  I went to the library hoping to get his 100 CUPBOARDS but it was checked out.  Maybe I can score it next time.  As someone who is interested in writing stories like this, I find it the best kind of education to read stuff along these lines. 


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Post by: Danny on May 01, 2011, 01:29:02 AM
  I finally made it to "Part II" of About Face.   Tedious at times, but the history buff in me is persevering.


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Post by: ncognito on May 01, 2011, 10:42:55 AM
It's Not About the Bike-- Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins-- It's Not About the Bike

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

      Both are very good especially in terms of overcoming major life challenges.

      DAVE


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Post by: WillRoland on May 10, 2011, 07:01:43 PM
If I Was a Highway by Michael Ventura with photos by Butch Hancock

A West Texas gem


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on May 10, 2011, 09:37:19 PM
Now i am reading in how to educate my child when he is so young.

And Also i prepare the syllabus of grade 5 and 6 in primary school to teach them.
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Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 11, 2011, 01:19:55 AM
At The Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Silas Marner by George Eliot 

I'm also learning Latin via a book.  Fun stuff. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 21, 2011, 12:46:00 AM
   Finally finished  "About Face" by Colonel David Hackworth. A long intense book that makes you very sad about the state of the U.S. Government and Army during the Vietnam War.
   I don't think I'll ever read another book on Vietnam, this one tells it all.

 Fortunately about the first half of the book is about other engagements and experiences. I didn't care for his very rough stile of writing, but I realize he was trying to make it all so "real".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 21, 2011, 02:33:08 AM
  Started "WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS". It is much better than the movie and refreshing after the heavy meal of reality from the last book.


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Post by: Caleb on May 21, 2011, 03:24:22 AM
Excellent book.  On the reread list.  Interesting enough, there is a festival in Oklahoma in April called the Rest Fern Festival.  Celebrates all things Red Fern.  Google and see.  I plan on going next year. 


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Post by: Danny on May 21, 2011, 03:35:53 AM
Excellent book.  On the reread list.  Interesting enough, there is a festival in Oklahoma in April called the Rest Fern Festival.  Celebrates all things Red Fern.  Google and see.  I plan on going next year. 
  I think you suggested for me to read this in the good movie thread after I posted about the movie. You said the book is better and it is by a LONG shot. Just started chapter seven, it's very hard to put it down.


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Post by: Caleb on May 21, 2011, 12:58:37 PM
  I think you suggested for me to read this in the good movie thread after I posted about the movie. You said the book is better and it is by a LONG shot. Just started chapter seven, it's very hard to put it down.
Ah, I see.  I do so much book recommending that I can't keep up.  I remember wanting to put my face in my hands and cry at the end of the book from the sheer beauty and power of the story.  Not in some despairing way, but in awe of the story.  Do check out that festival though.  A fellow at work was wearing a t-shirt from it the other day and I asked him about it, otherwise I'd not have known. 


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Post by: Danny on May 21, 2011, 02:25:22 PM
Ah, I see.  I do so much book recommending that I can't keep up.  I remember wanting to put my face in my hands and cry at the end of the book from the sheer beauty and power of the story.  Not in some despairing way, but in awe of the story.  Do check out that festival though.  A fellow at work was wearing a t-shirt from it the other day and I asked him about it, otherwise I'd not have known. 
  Here is the link I found.
http://www.redfernfestival.com/index.html


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Post by: Caleb on May 21, 2011, 02:53:11 PM
 Here is the link I found.
http://www.redfernfestival.com/index.html
That's it.  

Just finished NOTES FROM THE TILT-A-WHIRL by N.D. Wilson.  Excellent theological/philosophical book about wonder in the world around us (and a bit about the one to come).  Highly recommend if you're burned out on the flavor-of-the-weekers like Rob Bell, et al. 

Next up, THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY by G.K. Chesterton. 


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Post by: Queequeg on May 23, 2011, 12:00:38 PM
LIVINGSTON TAYLOR: STAGE PERFORMANCE
I've been considering this book for a long time, but as it has been out of print for some time, the available copies go for a healthy premium, way over and above the $12.95 list price.
But I bought it, and I started it last night. Quite good. I have finally started doing quite a bit of performing, and it doesn't exactly come easy or naturally for me.
Taylor is a full professor at the Berklee College of Music teaching two courses on stage performance and is a vice president in the Development Office.
Coincidentally, he will be performing here in town in June and I am working that show.
I first saw him perform about 25 years ago, and he definitely has some incredible stage presence.


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Post by: Danny on June 01, 2011, 11:25:14 PM
  Finished "Where the Red Fern Grows". EXCELLENT book. The movies fall wayyyyyyy short of the book.

Stated some Bible reading. "Jude" is only one chapter, so I started there :laughin:. But that is a powerful little book. :thumbsup


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 02, 2011, 04:44:21 PM
There are many perspectives on how to read the Bible.  I've been reading it almost twenty years and I've settled into what works for me.  I generally read only one chapter out of whatever book or letter I find myself in (currently the Book of Acts).  And I usually read a chapter from Proverbs each day: there are thirty-one chapters, one for each day of most months.  I've seen more fruit from this approach than any other I've tried.  I just can't take the Bible in large doses. Too much gets lost.  


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Post by: rockstar_not on June 03, 2011, 03:56:51 AM
There are many perspectives on how to read the Bible.  I've been reading it almost twenty years and I've settled into what works for me.  I generally read only one chapter out of whatever book or letter I find myself in (currently the Book of Acts).  And I usually read a chapter from Proverbs each day: there are thirty-one chapters, one for each day of most months.  I've seen more fruit from this approach than any other I've tried.  I just can't take the Bible in large doses. Too much gets lost.  

Bingo.

Think of it this way, written by tens of authors over millenia - trying to cram it into a year is possible just not fruitful.  I would suggest a chronological approach once you've taken on some of the New Testament.  I'll see if I can find the one that our church put together on a timeline.  I'll post a link if there's one available.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on June 03, 2011, 04:31:40 AM
Bingo.

Think of it this way, written by tens of authors over millenia - trying to cram it into a year is possible just not fruitful.  I would suggest a chronological approach once you've taken on some of the New Testament.  I'll see if I can find the one that our church put together on a timeline.  I'll post a link if there's one available.
  I have many timeline readers. Many Bibles include them in the pages at the end. I think it is good to at least read through the whole 66 books at least once in you life. ( good luck with Job)


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Post by: broKen on June 03, 2011, 04:51:49 AM
   ( good luck with Job)

One of my favorites. First few chapters are very interesting.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 03, 2011, 11:59:04 AM
Job is one of my favorites as well.  A good philosophical read if nothing else.  Good luck with the book of Numbers! (Never was a math guy)


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Post by: WillRoland on June 07, 2011, 07:07:15 PM
Just finished Cormac Mccarthy's Blood Meridian, and on to Peter Mathiessen's Shadow Country.  What a ride! :coffee


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 08, 2011, 04:57:52 PM
L'ABRI by Edith Schaeffer.  From the widow of Francis Schaeffer, the story of thier life and times in Switzerland when they founded their study center there, L'Abri (French = the shelter). 


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Post by: rockstar_not on June 17, 2011, 03:41:28 AM
I just finished TINKERS by Paul Harding. The language in this book is so good that it is lyrical. His phrases just hang in the air for a while after you read them.
this from amazon.com:
Harding's outstanding debut unfurls the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather surrounded by his family in his New England home. George Washington Crosby repairs clocks for a living and on his deathbed revisits his turbulent childhood as the oldest son of an epileptic smalltime traveling salesman. The descriptions of the father's epilepsy and the cold halo of chemical electricity that encircled him immediately before he was struck by a full seizure are stunning, and the household's sadness permeates the narrative as George returns to more melancholy scenes. The real star is Harding's language, which dazzles whether he's describing the workings of clocks, sensory images of nature, the many engaging side characters who populate the book, or even a short passage on how to build a bird nest. This is an especially gorgeous example of novelistic craftsmanship.

Just finished reading this based on your recommendation.  A bittersweet read that feels like a song as it is read.  This book left me with a few thoughts:  First of all, it was one of those books that when I read the last page, I closed it and gazed at the cover for awhile.  I looked at the authors name, the name of the book, and the photograph that was chosen by the publisher.  I wanted to remember each of them; like a look back in the rearview mirror as you pull away from the house to head for the airport for a business trip.  My second thought was then to reflect on the creative genius that exists in some people and how they can craft stories so real, you swear they came from your or a close relative's history.  Finally, I said a prayer of thanks for these people who grace us with this genius with words that are more rich than Ansel Adams photography; that they choose to share it and not keep it inside.

I read perhaps 4 books per month.  Very few authors move me in this way that this Paul Harding has done with his first published novel.


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Post by: Hooked on June 17, 2011, 11:35:29 AM
L'ABRI by Edith Schaeffer.  From the widow of Francis Schaeffer, the story of their life and times in Switzerland when they founded their study center there, L'Abri (French = the shelter). 

Very cool book indeed! Dr. Schaffer's "How Should We Then Live" was one of the first books that made me realize that faith need not be blind.

On my own nightstand.... "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, "King's Cross", by Timothy Keller, and "Lord of the Rings" (for the Nth time!).


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Post by: Caleb on June 17, 2011, 12:00:03 PM
Very cool book indeed! Dr. Schaffer's "How Should We Then Live" was one of the first books that made me realize that faith need not be blind.

On my own nightstand.... "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, "King's Cross", by Timothy Keller, and "Lord of the Rings" (for the Nth time!).

HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE was a real eye-opener for me a few years ago.  I guess the thing that Schaeffer taught me the most is how to spot the thing behind the everything (e.g. all art carries the worldview of the artist, etc.).  I started looking at the world a lot different after that one.  He has been a key player in the development of my thinking on a lot of levels.

I've heard good and bad things about Chan's book.  Some say he presents an impossible standard on how to live while others seem to find him dead on the money.  I've not read him but I have listened to one of his lectures, and there is no denying the man operates out of a strong sense of passion for his particular view.   Keller gets referenced a lot on John Piper's blog.  Sounds like we might hang out in some of the same circles.  

Currently reading:
DAVID ELGINBROD by George MacDonald


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Hooked on June 17, 2011, 12:23:43 PM
I am having mixed feelings about Chan's book, too. Won't go further tha that yet, still reading and processing.

As for John Piper - I have a nearly full shelf of his books - fabulous! He and Steve Brown are huge influences on me. If you've not read "Scandalous Freedom", by Steve - go get it. I'd send you a copy but I've given them all away. Keller's "King's Cross" is another.

Grace and peace!
(and donuts!)  :donut :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 17, 2011, 02:15:48 PM
I am having mixed feelings about Chan's book, too. Won't go further tha that yet, still reading and processing.

As for John Piper - I have a nearly full shelf of his books - fabulous! He and Steve Brown are huge influences on me. If you've not read "Scandalous Freedom", by Steve - go get it. I'd send you a copy but I've given them all away. Keller's "King's Cross" is another.

Grace and peace!
(and donuts!)  :donut :donut2 :coffee
Steve Brown, as in the deep-voiced, bald fellow with a radio show?  If so, I used to hear him back in my earliest days on my Journey.  I like Piper's blog and sometimes I'll download some of his sermons.  He is a gifted poet too.  But sometimes I cannot connect with his books for some reason.  A lot of it comes off as dry (and I don't necessarily mean to be critical) to me and it's usually a labor to get through one of his books.  But sometimes that kind of labor is what I need.  I read his book THINK earlier this year and plan on rereading it a few books down the line.  It's the best thing I've read from him, mainly because the subject matter is exactly where I'm leaning at this stage in life.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: broKen on June 23, 2011, 06:55:21 PM
Working on Ann Coulters' latest, 'Demonic'

I've been reading her column for some time now, but this is the first of her books I've opened.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Hooked on June 23, 2011, 11:31:45 PM
Just added 'Moby Dick' to my bedside table!


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Post by: Caleb on June 24, 2011, 01:27:29 PM
Just started GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson. It's been on the list for a while, the first recommendation I remember being from John Piper, then it kept coming up all over the place.  Good stuff so far.  


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Post by: ducktrapper on July 05, 2011, 03:39:42 PM
A tip for history buffs. I just finished Antony Beevor's Stalingrad and am reading The Fall of Berlin 1945 by the same author. War was never more brutal at a scale so large than at the Eastern front from 1942 to 1945. This defines the concept of "total war". Unbelievable suffering on both sides. One maniac, Hitler, who was absolutely ruthless to "the other" and, of course, anyone who dared oppose him versus another maniac, Stalin, who was utterly ruthless towards, well, everyone including those he suspected  might eventually oppose him or be in position to theoretically oppose him. Mass murder and slave labour were the orders of the day on both sides.
I just read scenes where the Red army fights its way across the Oder and enters Germany proper. Russian soldiers are amazed and furiously angry that people with such comfortable and rich lives (compared to the USSR) would invade their poor country and invite their own destruction. They were determined to make Berlin look like Stalingrad and make every German, soldier, civilian, man or woman suffer like they had suffered. And they did. Terrible.
In the end, it's very difficult to muster much sympathy for the Germans. Except for the youngest and the farm animals and the few who dared oppose the Nazis. They loved their Fuhrer. They knew exactly what was going on. Hitler had told them all his plans.
Except for the mass raping, murdering and looting, the Russian soldier is somewhat more sympathetic. They were attacked. They were actually more terrified of their leaders than the enemy. Then again Stalin and Hitler were allies and had carved Poland up between them. Stalin and the soviets also held on to eastern europe for another 50 years after WWII ended. After all, the second world war was the disaster that happened when thieves conspired to pull off the greatest theft of all. The Eastern front was a result of thieves having a falling out.
Peace through strength!

     


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: broKen on July 05, 2011, 06:44:37 PM
Thanks for the reminder of the not so distant past sir. You know it's very true that if a man is free, he has an enemy. Also, he likely owes someone his life for that freedom. It also boggles my mind that the desires of one man can be translated into war of that magnitude. (with a little help from the propaganda machine. TV and radio have made that very easy.) People truly are sheep, and those who refuse to be corralled are in the crosshairs of the strong.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on July 06, 2011, 02:29:53 AM
To anyone interested in how your brain interacts with your senses - I encourage you to read any of Oliver Sacks' books.  Seems I've read through about half of his work so far and I can say that I haven't been disappointed yet.


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Post by: Danny on July 09, 2011, 06:03:54 AM
"THE AMERICAN SOLDIER: COMBAT AND ITS AFTERMATH" Volume II  by S.A. STOUFFER et al

...the results of one of the largest social science projects ever undertaken.



   If I make it thru this one I'll tackle the previous Volume. This was done about WW II.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on August 02, 2011, 02:01:49 AM
That's it.  

Just finished NOTES FROM THE TILT-A-WHIRL by N.D. Wilson.  Excellent theological/philosophical book about wonder in the world around us (and a bit about the one to come).  Highly recommend if you're burned out on the flavor-of-the-weekers like Rob Bell, et al. 


Great recommendation.  Just finished it.  Do you keep an Amazon reading list?  I have one on LinkedIn - I'd like to watch your list if you have one.  PM me if interested.  I have lots of GKC books in my phone - many are freebies.


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Post by: Caleb on August 02, 2011, 11:58:37 AM
Great recommendation.  Just finished it.  Do you keep an Amazon reading list?  I have one on LinkedIn - I'd like to watch your list if you have one.  PM me if interested.  I have lots of GKC books in my phone - many are freebies.
I keep a reading list on paper and log all the books I read throughout the year.  I'm not familiar with the lists on Amazon or Linkedin (bag over head).  What did you think of Tilt-A-Whirl? 


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Post by: rockstar_not on August 02, 2011, 01:13:55 PM
I keep a reading list on paper and log all the books I read throughout the year.  I'm not familiar with the lists on Amazon or Linkedin (bag over head).  What did you think of Tilt-A-Whirl? 

Absolutely loved it.  Some Christians will be offended by the occasional 4-letter word.  I'm hoping they appreciate the beauty above the noise.


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Post by: Caleb on August 02, 2011, 02:11:40 PM
Absolutely loved it.  Some Christians will be offended by the occasional 4-letter word.  I'm hoping they appreciate the beauty above the noise.
I also recommend reading Wilson's fiction.  I've read LEEPIKE RIDGE and am in the process of going through his 100 CUPBOARDS series.  His four letter wording did throw me a bit.  I have to admit, I think I spit out coffee when I stumlbed across the word s___ storm.  It kind of came out of nowhere.  


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Post by: Grifftology on August 03, 2011, 04:24:46 AM
Currently Reading:
                             
  • Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: Selected by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Scandal of Scientology by Paulette Cooper
  • People's History of the USA 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on August 03, 2011, 05:18:21 AM
I've put it off long enough.    Finally started 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
just finished Red Hook Road and The Help


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Post by: Caleb on August 03, 2011, 11:59:51 AM
GILEAD was an excellent read.  I just started PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger.  It's been on the list a while.  I'm about 4 chapters in and have been struck numb a few times already by the sheer beauty of the wording. 


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Post by: ryler on August 03, 2011, 01:03:53 PM
Good luck, Tuffy, with 100 Years of Solitude.  I tried it reading the Spanish language version, Cien Anos de Soledad.  Note the word tried!  Macondo...let me know if I should give it another go en ingles.

I am toward the end of A Separate Peace by John Knowles.  Outstanding fiction.  Highly recommended.  Alongside that I'm reading The Life of Jesus:  The Gospel In Brief by Leo Tolstoy.  Tolstoy had huge issues with the authenticity of the Bible, believing that the teachings of Jesus "had undergone eighteen hundred years of false interpretation."  He set out to boil down the essence of the direct words of Jesus as he understood them.  Interesting read if you can tolerate the idea that the bible, as written, may be fraught with error.  Possibly offensive if you feel aligned with those clerics he seems to impugn. Definitely controversial.

I hope outlining the above doesn't cross the no religion discussion boundary.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 03, 2011, 01:05:25 PM
GILEAD was an excellent read.  I just started PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger.  It's been on the list a while.  I'm about 4 chapters in and have been struck numb a few times already by the sheer beauty of the wording. 

Peace Like A River--an all time favorite. 


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Post by: tuffythepug on August 03, 2011, 03:29:11 PM
Good luck, Tuffy, with 100 Years of Solitude.  I tried it reading the Spanish language version, Cien Anos de Soledad.  Note the word tried!  Macondo...let me know if I should give it another go en ingles.
 


Well, so far, so good.    I'm only 30 or 40 pages into it.   I hope I can stick with it.   I have to admit that I tried to read another of his books "Love in the Time of Cholera" a few years ago and just couldn't stay with it.  Hats off to you for even attempting to read it in the original spanish language. 


Peace Like a River and Gilead were both well worth the time  :thumb

Just as an aside..   I really like the  Dave Eggers books that I've read.   "What Is The What ? "  is one of the most recent ones that I've read and I would recommend it.
"You Shall know Us By Our Velocity" is another good one.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 03, 2011, 05:08:37 PM
A few words on GILEAD:  I really struggled to "get" this book till I was well half-way through it.  Sure, it was pleasant enough reading, and a sentence every now and then would pop out as brilliantly put together.  But I found myself sort of sighing as I went back to it each time.  But then suddenly I seemed to know those people very well in the story, and it all became powerful, sort of out of nowhere.  Like Robinson threw cold water on me from a bucket as I was strolling along absent minded.  And I ended up being very, very moved by it all in the end.  I'm not sure if I've ever experienced that in a book.  At least not exactly like that.  Well worth the investment of time.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 03, 2011, 05:34:58 PM
Oddly, "what I'm currently reading" is .... this thread?

Q. Can you spell Antidisestablishmentaryanism? Spell it! 
A. i-t. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ST on August 03, 2011, 05:44:05 PM
Hi Lynn,

I've put it off long enough.    Finally started 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
...

Give it time ... well worth the effort.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on August 05, 2011, 01:05:26 AM
Putting together some birthday money from the family and dove into the e-reader pool with a purchase of a Nook Color refurb last night.  Classic literature, here I come. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 05, 2011, 05:01:50 PM
  Classic literature, here I come. 
:cheers
Right on!  What an amazing time we are living in.  All the classic literature of the ages at our fingertips, and for the most part it's available to read for free in electronic format.  I sometimes imagine what self-starters like Ben Franklin and others from history would have done with such opportunities for personal growth and learning.  Sadly though, much of the culture will miss such opportunities and will remain pacified by the daily news and Facebook. 

Currently making my way through Jane Austen's PRIDE & PREJUDICE via audiobook. The solo reading on Librivox is wonderful stuff.  My wife finally got me to watch the A&E version of the film recently; afterwards I knew I'd want to experience the book. 


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Post by: rockstar_not on August 05, 2011, 07:35:19 PM
:cheers
Right on!  What an amazing time we are living in.  All the classic literature of the ages at our fingertips, and for the most part it's available to read for free in electronic format.  I sometimes imagine what self-starters like Ben Franklin and others from history would have done with such opportunities for personal growth and learning.  Sadly though, much of the culture will miss such opportunities and will remain pacified by the daily news and Facebook. 

I have an old Windows Mobile phone with a fairly small screen - reading GK Chesterson's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" about 2 'normal' pages a day and it's kind of a hassle because of how small the screen is.

I read 'Treasure Island' and 'Robinson Crusoe' on an old Compaq iPaq long before Amazon ever came out with the Kindle.  The Nook Color has Wifi and web browsing so I can keep up with work e-mail when I'm on work trips, without taking a laptop or a bunch of heavy books.  I'm probably going to start a rerun with Dickens; "Pickwick Papers" should do it!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 07, 2011, 05:42:47 AM
I have an old Windows Mobile phone with a fairly small screen - reading GK Chesterson's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" about 2 'normal' pages a day and it's kind of a hassle because of how small the screen is.

I read 'Treasure Island' and 'Robinson Crusoe' on an old Compaq iPaq long before Amazon ever came out with the Kindle.  The Nook Color has Wifi and web browsing so I can keep up with work e-mail when I'm on work trips, without taking a laptop or a bunch of heavy books.  I'm probably going to start a rerun with Dickens; "Pickwick Papers" should do it!
I'm a fan of Chesterton.  There is a great TV show dedicated to him on the EWTN.  If you get that channel I highly recommend you checking it out.  I read Treasure Island a couple years ago for the first time. Seemed like one of those stories everyone should read at least once.  I've read Robinson Crusoe every year for the last few years.  Speaking of Chesterton, he thought Pickwick was Dickens' best book. There's a festival here in Texas each Christmas season dedicated to Dickens.  I'm planning on going this year. http://www.galvestonhistory.org/Dickens_Overview.asp  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on August 10, 2011, 02:57:23 AM
I got stuck reading Jean Auel's "Children of the Earth" (aka Clan of the Cave Bear) series.  Have not read non-literature fiction in well over a decade, and it is quite the sugar rush.  Also Calvin's Institutes, and planning on reading the KJV with my dad in honor of the 400th anniversary.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 10, 2011, 09:52:19 PM
I got stuck reading Jean Auel's "Children of the Earth" (aka Clan of the Cave Bear) series.  Have not read non-literature fiction in well over a decade, and it is quite the sugar rush.  Also Calvin's Institutes, and planning on reading the KJV with my dad in honor of the 400th anniversary.
I keep a KJV by the bed.  The Psalms in the old language are great reading prior to drifting off to sleep.  I've been reading the New Testament in Latin of late. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 11, 2011, 12:24:25 AM
In Latin?  Wow.  That's a language I wished I had learned, but am not motivated enough to learn it on my own now.  Great for one's vocabulary.  Did you teach yourself Latin or learn it in school?

I'm now reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.  So far, so good.  Any book that I look forward to picking up when I'm in the middle of it gets a thumbs up rating from me.  Two thumbs up has to involve some depth of meaning as well as entertainment value.  Don't yet know if this one will get double thumbs.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on August 11, 2011, 02:32:43 AM
In Latin?  Wow.  That's a language I wished I had learned, but am not motivated enough to learn it on my own now.  Great for one's vocabulary.  Did you teach yourself Latin or learn it in school?

I'm now reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.  So far, so good.  Any book that I look forward to picking up when I'm in the middle of it gets a thumbs up rating from me.  Two thumbs up has to involve some depth of meaning as well as entertainment value.  Don't yet know if this one will get double thumbs.



There are great Latin self-teaching primers available for adults.  Check Canon Press, among others.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 11, 2011, 02:02:19 PM
In Latin?  Wow.  That's a language I wished I had learned, but am not motivated enough to learn it on my own now.  Great for one's vocabulary.  Did you teach yourself Latin or learn it in school?

Don’t mistake me for a scholar, as I’m quite the novice; but I am learning and having a good time with Latin.  This is the course I used.  I’m not sure if it’s a great one or not, but I know it worked well for me.  I scored it for $5 at Half Price Books.  
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1228617339l/1908491.jpg)
The lessons are broken down in 20 weeks. When complete, you at least begin to read the Latin New Testament (which was my motive for learning the language), as well as classical Latin poetry.  I highly recommend at least dabbling in Latin; it opens up many doors to understanding the fundamentals of language.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Randy_R on August 11, 2011, 02:51:47 PM
Reading the Tom Clancy novels I hadn't read previously. Read Patriot Games last week and finished Without Remourse today.

I met Tom Clancy about 25 years ago while living in Maryland. He gave a talk nearby that I attended. Seemed to be a decent guy.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 11, 2011, 04:24:30 PM
Hmmm, here I thought the King James version making the bible available to everyone in their own language (as long as one spoke English) was a great stride forward for freedom and all that. Can you tell us the advantage of reading it in Latin, considering the O.T. was in Hebrew and the N.T. mostly in Greek? Or is it just more fun? 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 11, 2011, 05:05:47 PM
Hmmm, here I thought the King James version making the bible available to everyone in their own language (as long as one spoke English) was a great stride forward for freedom and all that. Can you tell us the advantage of reading it in Latin, considering the O.T. was in Hebrew and the N.T. mostly in Greek? Or is it just more fun?  
Latin is just something I've wanted to learn.  It was a part of classical education for generations and only in somewhat recent history has been dropped in favor of modern techniques.  I think a quick look around the world will show the folly of modern education and the wisdom of the older ways (another thread).  About all I learned how to do in school was read and write, and neither of those very well.  My own education has been through books as an adult; and the more old books I read, the more references I kept seeing to Latin, French, and Greek. I've studied French for three years, though not very disciplined, have started reading Latin this year, and plan to start Greek as a personal project next year.  

But regarding reading the NT in Latin, you're correct: it was written in Greek and translated later into Latin.  I can tell you it's more beautiful in Latin, and it's already given me a much deeper meaning of the text, if for no other reason that I have to slow down so much and chew on each word.  Lightbulbs go off all over the place in everyday life when you begin Latin; there are references everywhere (street names, businesses, root words, etc.).  It's great fun.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on August 12, 2011, 02:33:30 AM
Hmmm, here I thought the King James version making the bible available to everyone in their own language (as long as one spoke English) was a great stride forward for freedom and all that. Can you tell us the advantage of reading it in Latin, considering the O.T. was in Hebrew and the N.T. mostly in Greek? Or is it just more fun? 

That would have been Wycliffe's idea (and his translation into English) years before the KJV.  He burned for a such a "heretical" idea...

The first successful "vulgar" translations into English would be the Bishop's Bible and the Geneva (favored by the Puritans even after the KJV came along).


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 12, 2011, 03:05:56 PM
   I am reading "The Pearl", by Steinbeck of course.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on August 12, 2011, 04:55:18 PM
   I am reading "The Pearl", by Steinbeck of course.
"Kino was a machine..."  One of my favorite lines for some reason.  The description of Kino during that fight in the mountains gives me chills. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on August 15, 2011, 06:10:08 PM
"Kino was a machine..."  One of my favorite lines for some reason.  The description of Kino during that fight in the mountains gives me chills.  
 I finished the short book last night. I just had too many activities to finish it in one sitting, though that could be done easily.
    This is a "powerful" story, written very well and haunts you after reading it. It would be R rated at least, for violence and gritty, graphic, descriptions of the foul conditions of many situations and characters in the book.

     Most disappointing to me , was Kino's treatment of his wife when she went to throw the Pearl back in the sea.

One more note is this region of Mexico as depicted by Steinbeck is an area we have explored. Loreto is north of La Paz on the Baja peninsula and the "gulf" referred to must mean the Sea of Cortez. It made it all the more real to me.


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Post by: Caleb on August 15, 2011, 08:35:28 PM
 I finished the short book last night. I just had too many activities to finish it in one sitting, though that could be done easily.
    This is a "powerful" story, written very well and haunts you after reading it. It would be R rated at least, for violence and gritty, graphic, descriptions of the foul conditions of many situations and characters in the book.

     Most disappointing to me , was Kino's treatment of his wife when she went to throw the Pearl back in the sea.

One more note is this region of Mexico as depicted by Steinbeck is an area we have explored. Loreto is north of La Paz on the Baja peninsula and the "gulf" referred to must mean the Sea of Cortez. It made it all the more real to me.
That's a good description of the book. Another chilling moment is when Kino hears his wife's cry from the mountain.  Steinbeck calls it "the cry of death."  That line in context is like a punch in the gut.  I actually felt the woman's agony during the reading.  This, in my view, is one of the things that makes Steinbeck a genius with the pen.  This story has a powerful element of 'be careful what you wish for' and the disappointing nature of riches.  I need to read it again, along with Travels with Charley. 


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Post by: Danny on August 15, 2011, 11:11:04 PM
  Of course I was saddened as well with the loss and the return to their village was quite a dramatic end. Travels with Charley is sunshine and lollipops compared to this tragedy.
  But the principles laid out are timeless.


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Post by: rockstar_not on August 16, 2011, 01:31:07 AM
Enjoyed some Seth Godin books recently:  Poke the Box, The Big Moo, and The Big Red Fez.  Currently reading "An Anthropologist on Mars" by Oliver Sacks.  Downloaded a boatload of classics onto my Nook Color for take-it-with-me reading.  Finished reading G.K. Chesterson's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" on my windows mobile phone.  Last book I'll read that way.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on August 23, 2011, 08:40:38 PM
I'm in the middle of Matterhorn, a big, fat novel about Vietnam.  It is so good I can't believe it.  Might be a tough read if you are a vet from that war.  Highly recommended.  I wonder where I heard of that book.  Was it this thread?  Anyway, it truly makes me grateful for what our soldiers go through and what they sacrifice.

I did end up liking Prodigal Summer very much.  I mentioned it in my last book post.  I was afraid it might be environmentally pedantic, making caricatures of those not on the "go-green" page, but no.  It delivered a deliberate education on the role of many plant/animal species in the context of entertainment.  It did have a subtext, but not one that felt condescending, and it left me appreciating the natural world we live in.  ...And maybe I won't use Round Up as blithely.


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Post by: rockstar_not on August 23, 2011, 08:51:04 PM
Reading some Rex Stout short stories on my Nook Color in between other paper-based books....


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Post by: Caleb on August 24, 2011, 04:59:22 PM
Just finished up ‘Pride and Prejudice’:  it’s one of my wife’s favorite stories, and I basically read it for her, to better understand and appreciate something dear to her.  Plus it gives us one more thing to talk in depth about now.  That stuff is good for a marriage.  The characters in the story are the strongpoint for me, and much of the writing is as beautiful as I’ve ever read.  I am amazed at what Jane Austen could do with words.  

Currently reading ‘Hannah Coulter’ by Wendell Berry.  I’ve heard Berry’s name dropped several times in the
circles I lurk in, so I’m giving this book a shot.  So far, so good.  I’m in chapter five right now and find the story pulling me right along with it.  From what I can gather it’s a story that takes place in Kentucky about a girl raised by her grandmother, coming of age, and marrying a fellow who dies in WWII.  I’m not sure where it will go from there.  But I tend to like books like this, ones that read more like a journal entry than a story.  


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Post by: jbrummer on August 24, 2011, 07:43:26 PM
I'm a big fan of Wendell Berry's non-fiction (mostly essays) and some of his poetry as well.  A mind that runs counter to most of mainstream, modern society . . . Berry's essays are wry, thoughtful, often provocative.  He's brilliant at calling into question many bedrock assumptions we have which we're not even aware of.  He's a real gem . . . can't think of too many other voices like his.  Curiously, I haven't read any of his novels.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: MC13 on August 24, 2011, 09:01:08 PM
Just finished, 'The Brain That Changes Itself', by Norman Doidge.  It's an phenomenal book about neuroplasticity and the amazing things the brain is capable of with respect to healing, adjusting for physical limitations, culture & environment changes, learning, dealing with trauma, aging, thought manipulation etc., etc.  It's written for the non-scientist (I'm not a scientist), and it's a fairly enlightening book into how the brain works.   One key takeaway from the book is the importance of continued learning as we age, as continued learning triggers the production of chemicals in the brain that promote curiosity, alertness, motor control, happiness, and a general sense of well being as we get older.  Basically, use it or lose it is a central message in the book.  Learning a new language, reading history, studying art, and playing an instrument were all noted as excellent ways to keep the brain active, so keep playing and those neurons will stay alive and active!!



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Post by: Caleb on August 24, 2011, 09:54:52 PM
  Learning a new language, reading history, studying art, and playing an instrument were all noted as excellent ways to keep the brain active...


I do all of those things every day of my life.  Good information to know. 


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Post by: bearsville0 on August 25, 2011, 02:59:18 AM


One key takeaway from the book is the importance of continued learning as we age, as continued learning triggers the production of chemicals in the brain that promote curiosity, alertness, motor control, happiness, and a general sense of well being as we get older. 



Hi MC13, I have a few questions.

Can we really say which triggers/promotes which, "continued learning" or "curiosity, alertness, motor control, happiness, and a general sense of well being as we get older?" I understand that those two are closely correlated, but does one really cause the other as your statement seems to imply?

It would probably be just as meaningful to reverse the statement and say that the chemistry of curiosity/alertness/happiness triggers or promotes continual learning. Can we really say with confidence which comes first? Can we even talk about them as separate phenomena?

Does the book discuss theories about what other possible causes might explain this phenomenon? Are some people just born more inclined to be curious/happy/alert/continual learners?

Thanks


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Post by: ryler on August 25, 2011, 05:03:35 PM
MC13, I read The Brain that Changes Itself about a year ago.  It's probably somewhere buried deep in this thread.  Anyway, like you, I found it an outstanding look at neuroplasticity written for the non-scientist.  I'd second your recommendation if anyone is curious about how the brain works.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: MC13 on August 26, 2011, 02:38:53 AM
Hi MC13, I have a few questions.

Can we really say which triggers/promotes which, "continued learning" or "curiosity, alertness, motor control, happiness, and a general sense of well being as we get older?" I understand that those two are closely correlated, but does one really cause the other as your statement seems to imply?

It would probably be just as meaningful to reverse the statement and say that the chemistry of curiosity/alertness/happiness triggers or promotes continual learning. Can we really say with confidence which comes first? Can we even talk about them as separate phenomena?

Does the book discuss theories about what other possible causes might explain this phenomenon? Are some people just born more inclined to be curious/happy/alert/continual learners?

Thanks
The brain's ability to learn is only one small part of the book, whereas the broader focus is on the brain's ability to constantly change and adapt to a variety of factors.  With respect to learning itself, the book discusses critical periods that exist at various stages of our lives, mostly when we're young, and in these critical periods we develop fundamental functions that allow us to develop our senses, social skills, adaptability, ability to love, parent, etc., etc.  These periods are triggered by the release of endorphins, which make the brain receptive to learning.  It is suggested that these periods do close and over a lifetime the endorphins will stop being produced if the brain is not challenged through mental exercise, so I think the author would suggest (and this is my deduction) that the exercise of learning promotes the production of endorphins, which in turn promotes openness to new ideas, happiness and well being.  To illustrate the point (from the book), how many elderly people do you know that are very cranky and in the mind-set they had when they were in their prime?  Why, because their minds closed over time to adaptability and learning.  I'm way over simplifying and there's more science to it than making an argument of logic on the cranky elderly, but I hope the point registers!  Again, this is only one part of the book and the rest contains amazing stories about advancements in neoroplasticity and the effects of therapy on many maladies such as stroke, blindness, deafness, amputation, nerve damage, defects at birth, life trauma, et al.  That's about as far as I can go.  At the end of the day I'm just a non-scientict who read a really interesting book!  To illustrate that point, I'm now reading SEAL Team Six by Howard Wasdin.  It's time to digress and get back to playing.
MC


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Post by: bearsville0 on August 26, 2011, 03:06:17 AM
Thanks MC13 that fits with other things I've read about human development. Fascinating stuff.

Speaking of human development two of the most interesting and scientifically rigorous books I've read over the past few years that have been rewarding and changed how I see my role as a parent are by Judith Rich Harris "The Nurture Assumption" and "No Two Alike." Drawing from social psychology and research on hiuman evolution, she exposes how much of the familiar theories on parenting and personality development are not supported by research and proposes a theory called "group socialization theory" that won my support as convincing explanation for why we do many of the things we do as children.


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Post by: MC13 on August 26, 2011, 12:14:27 PM
Thanks MC13 that fits with other things I've read about human development. Fascinating stuff.

Speaking of human development two of the most interesting and scientifically rigorous books I've read over the past few years that have been rewarding and changed how I see my role as a parent are by Judith Rich Harris "The Nurture Assumption" and "No Two Alike." Drawing from social psychology and research on hiuman evolution, she exposes how much of the familiar theories on parenting and personality development are not supported by research and proposes a theory called "group socialization theory" that won my support as convincing explanation for why we do many of the things we do as children.

Sounds interesting, especially as a father of 2.  I'll grab those two book and get them in the queue.  Have a great weekend!


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Post by: rockstar_not on August 28, 2011, 05:18:24 AM
Made for Heaven by CS Lewis.  This is a collection of essays previously published in other forms as far as I can tell.  The theme is whaat heaven means and should mean to humans. About a 2 hour read.  First book i e-cchecked out to read on my nook color.


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Post by: Caleb on August 28, 2011, 02:00:10 PM
I've not read enough Lewis this year. Will do so next year. 

Currently reading: 'Kilkenny' by Louis L'Amour


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Post by: rockstar_not on August 31, 2011, 05:10:50 AM
If there was someone here who recommended "Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Foer, thank you!  It's been a very interesting concept and read so far (about 1/3 of the way through).

-Scott


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Post by: Danny on August 31, 2011, 10:04:06 AM
      Re-reading "Cowboys are a separate species" by John R. Erickson. Amazing, funny, full of wit and my favorite living writer on the subject of being "ahorseback".

   Also started reading "A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23" by Phillip Keller. Being a shepherd himself this book offers an insightful view.


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Post by: ryler on August 31, 2011, 03:59:16 PM
If there was someone here who recommended "Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Foer, thank you!  It's been a very interesting concept and read so far (about 1/3 of the way through).

-Scott

Curious, what is the concept? 


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Post by: ducktrapper on August 31, 2011, 05:13:12 PM
Afer America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn

Cheery little tome. I would say a must read for all those watching what's going on and wondering what if anything can be done. Only Steyn could write about the subject here and make you laugh about it.

"Nobody writes a doomsday tome because they want it to come true. From an author’s point-of-view, the apocalypse is not helpful: the bookstores get looted and the collapse of the banking system makes it harder to cash the royalty check." 


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Post by: rockstar_not on August 31, 2011, 05:30:05 PM
Curious, what is the concept? 

The book is about the method of how to memorize information.  Based on actual fact of millenia of this being standard practice in the human race, but in the past few centuries has been all but lost as we archive our memories externally in books, in media of various types, in computers, etc.

However, it's not dry - it's actually quite a good read told in a narrative style of the author's journey to learn how to do this.  People used to memorize epic poems, entire scriptures, books, stories, etc.  This book basically lays bare an old technique attributed at one time to Cicero, but with modern twists.

I'm enjoying it so far.


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Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 31, 2011, 05:41:59 PM
The book is about the method of how to memorize information.  Based on actual fact of millenia of this being standard practice in the human race, but in the past few centuries has been all but lost as we archive our memories externally in books, in media of various types, in computers, etc.

However, it's not dry - it's actually quite a good read told in a narrative style of the author's journey to learn how to do this.  People used to memorize epic poems, entire scriptures, books, stories, etc.  This book basically lays bare an old technique attributed at one time to Cicero, but with modern twists.

I'm enjoying it so far.

Interesting I will look into this. I have always been somewhat phobic about memorization. Felt if I had to memorize it I didn't understand it. Consciously memorizing has always made me feel uncomfortable.


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Post by: broKen on August 31, 2011, 07:29:20 PM
After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn

Cheery little tome. I would say a must read for all those watching what's going on and wondering what if anything can be done. Only Steyn could write about the subject here and make you laugh about it.

"Nobody writes a doomsday tome because they want it to come true. From an author’s point-of-view, the apocalypse is not helpful: the bookstores get looted and the collapse of the banking system makes it harder to cash the royalty check." 


I heard Mark talking about his book and his thoughts of what will transpire as America collapses. He's a funny, intelligent man. I try not to miss him when filling in for Rush L. I get a little peeved though when men abuse the biblical teaching of "Armageddon, and "apocalypse". It trivializes the scriptures and lessens the true horror of the event as it is depicted in the Book. Mens' use of the word almost never has anything to do with the original and actual meaning. Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. Other than that, I enjoy Mr Steyn and think his ideas are well thought out.
I'm still working my way through Coulters' Demonic". It's been interesting.


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Post by: Caleb on August 31, 2011, 08:36:47 PM
broKen: I agree about the word apocalypse.  Way overused, like the words green, organic, and others that have become meaningless.  Regarding the message of those doomsday books, history is filled with folks who thought they knew what was going to happen but didn't.  It's best to put one foot in front of the other and keep on doing the next thing.  That has become the approach of my life anyway.

Currently reading: The Wise Woman by George MacDonald.


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Post by: ryler on September 01, 2011, 11:01:55 PM
The book is about the method of how to memorize information.  Based on actual fact of millenia of this being standard practice in the human race, but in the past few centuries has been all but lost as we archive our memories externally in books, in media of various types, in computers, etc.

However, it's not dry - it's actually quite a good read told in a narrative style of the author's journey to learn how to do this.  People used to memorize epic poems, entire scriptures, books, stories, etc.  This book basically lays bare an old technique attributed at one time to Cicero, but with modern twists.

I'm enjoying it so far.

Thanks for answering that.  It sounds intriguing.  Let us know if you are able to employ what it instructs.


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Post by: ducktrapper on September 02, 2011, 01:23:18 AM
I heard Mark talking about his book and his thoughts of what will transpire as America collapses. He's a funny, intelligent man. I try not to miss him when filling in for Rush L. I get a little peeved though when men abuse the biblical teaching of "Armageddon, and "apocalypse". It trivializes the scriptures and lessens the true horror of the event as it is depicted in the Book. Mens' use of the word almost never has anything to do with the original and actual meaning. Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. Other than that, I enjoy Mr Steyn and think his ideas are well thought out.
I'm still working my way through Coulters' Demonic". It's been interesting.

I take your point and Steyn is intelligent enough to know that as well, but language evolves whether we like it or not and words take on newer and more general meanings in the general population. I would think Steyn has accepted the modern usage of the terms, apocalypse and Armageddon, rather than the purely biblical. Of course, with what is happening in the M.E. and Iran in particular, perhaps he's not far off after all. If you haven't watched the film Iranium, I heartily recommend it for a good, eye-opening scare.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/armageddon

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/apocalypse

http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/


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Post by: Dotneck on September 07, 2011, 03:00:12 PM
Just finished Marilynne Robinson's "Home" over the weekend. A beautiful book...which is much different than the kind of book I usually read.

I really enjoyed it and got to like the characters a lot so this morning I went to my local independent bookstore and bought Robinson's earlier companion book..."Gilead". Looking forward to getting involved in Gilead.


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Post by: Caleb on September 07, 2011, 04:59:38 PM
Just finished Marilynne Robinson's "Home" over the weekend. A beautiful book...which is much different than the kind of book I usually read.

I really enjoyed it and got to like the characters a lot so this morning I went to my local independent bookstore and bought Robinson's earlier companion book..."Gilead". Looking forward to getting involved in Gilead.
I enjoyed Gilead.  Her phrasing and style make me want to read something else by her.  

Currently reading:
The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis (reread)
On The Banks of Plum Creek - Laure Ingalls Wilder  

Dabbling in:
Mountain Men - George Laycock
The Americans: The Colonial Experiment - Daniel Boorstin


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Post by: Dotneck on September 07, 2011, 05:56:04 PM
I enjoyed Gilead.  Her phrasing and style make me want to read something else by her. 

Did you read Home? I guess its a companion book to Gilead...not quite a sequel...but set in Gilead...same time frame and characters but from Robert Boughton's family's point of view...

I'm looking forward to digging into Gilead.


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Post by: Caleb on September 07, 2011, 08:37:51 PM
Haven't read Home. 


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Post by: ryler on September 07, 2011, 08:46:34 PM
I already mentioned Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes.  Now that I've finished it, I just HAVE to give a brief book report; it was that good.

Moving, utterly moving.  It, as a novel, read like a very accurate depiction of the atrocity that is war, and specifically the Vietnam experience.  Characters I grew to love.  Heroics and "un-heroics" (if you will) which helped me to understand and appreciate what these soldiers went through.  I can't praise it highly enough.  If you can withstand reading about violence, then it is a powerful read.


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Post by: Danny on September 08, 2011, 01:58:12 AM
   Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley.


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Post by: Caleb on September 09, 2011, 11:58:25 AM
The Pleasures of Pipe Smoking - Carl Weber
I've wanted this book for a long time and finally bought a used copy this week.  I was giddy as I started it last night. 
 :tongue:


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Post by: ryler on September 10, 2011, 12:31:13 AM
On the Road, Jack Kerouac.  I got the audio version of it for the car.  Seems like everyone from my generation has read it, so I thought I'd belatedly join the club. 

In print I'm reading Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles.  And Effortless Mastery came in to the library today, so I picked that up.  I usually like having a fiction and a non-fiction going at the same time. Enough people here and on AGF have recommended Effortless Mastery to make me give it a try. 


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Post by: Caleb on September 10, 2011, 02:12:00 PM
On the Road, Jack Kerouac. 
I want to read that at some point.  Last year my family and I took a long vacation (in and RV!) up through New England.  I like to read travel stuff as I travel, so I was going through William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways along the way.  It was fun but I never finished the book. 

By the way, I've found audio books to be most helpful.  It took me a long time, but now I can get just as lost in them as I can paper.  With a bit of training (necessity being the mother here) I've learned to multi-task and enjoy a book.  I think anyone can learn to do this if they try.


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Post by: tldanz on September 10, 2011, 02:27:31 PM
Loved Home!  Read Bob Taylor's Guitar Lessons.  Are there any good books with either a guitar theme or mention in them?


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Post by: Caleb on September 10, 2011, 02:42:54 PM
Loved Home!  Read Bob Taylor's Guitar Lessons.  Are there any good books with either a guitar theme or mention in them?

Check out Clapton's Guitar by Allen St. John.  It's a good read. 


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Post by: rockstar_not on September 11, 2011, 01:16:54 AM
Big in China
Tom Sawyer Detective Story
Why Not?


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Post by: GA-ME on September 12, 2011, 11:10:17 AM
I was going through William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways along the way. 

This is a good one. I read it while hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2003 and have re-read it a couple of times.


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Post by: tuffythepug on September 12, 2011, 03:17:22 PM
On the Road, Jack Kerouac.  I got the audio version of it for the car.  Seems like everyone from my generation has read it, so I thought I'd belatedly join the club. 

In print I'm reading Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles.  And Effortless Mastery came in to the library today, so I picked that up.  I usually like having a fiction and a non-fiction going at the same time. Enough people here and on AGF have recommended Effortless Mastery to make me give it a try. 

Ryler
If you're going to do Kerouac you might as well do 'em all.    Start with On The Road and move on to Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels, Big Sur, The Subterraneans.  All written in the same frenetic, amphetemine-induced steam of consciousness style.  I've hung out at many of the places he mentions in his books;   Vesuvio's and City Lights Bookstore in S.F. etc.   It added to the experience for me.

I'm currentely reading 'Freedom'  by Jonathan Franzen


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Post by: Caleb on September 12, 2011, 08:34:45 PM
The Day Boy and the Night Girl - George MacDonald
Irish Folk and Fairy Tales - ed. W.B. Yeats


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Post by: ryler on September 13, 2011, 01:56:33 AM
Ryler
If you're going to do Kerouac you might as well do 'em all.    Start with On The Road and move on to Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels, Big Sur, The Subterraneans.  All written in the same frenetic, amphetemine-induced steam of consciousness style.  I've hung out at many of the places he mentions in his books;   Vesuvio's and City Lights Bookstore in S.F. etc.   It added to the experience for me.

I'm currentely reading 'Freedom'  by Jonathan Franzen

I bet it did add to the experience.  Did you pop a few amphetimines to share a mind with ol' Jack?   Of all his subsequent books, which did you like the best?  I got half way through Freedom and set it aside for some reason.  It's still up there waiting to be finished.  I'll keep an eye out for your review to see if I should.


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Post by: tuffythepug on September 13, 2011, 07:09:20 PM
ryler
No, my days of popping amphetmines are way behind me, thankfully.   Many of the places outside of the S.F, bay area were very familiar to me as well;  some of the places he hopped freight cars and the labor camp where he had a brief affiair with a Mexican farm worker girl were literally in my back yard.     If you like On the Road then I'd suggest Dharma Bums as a good 2nd read.

I'm only about 1/3 of the way through Freedom and I fully expect to finish it soon.     I put down 100 years of Solitude about half way through so I could read Freedom.    I suppose I'll get back to it when I'm done.   But, truthfully, it's a real chore to get through "solitude'


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Post by: ryler on September 14, 2011, 12:04:42 AM
I found that to be true about Solitude, too, and never returned to it.  I do plan to return to Patty Berglund at some point.  I got derailed in the section set in Washington.  Thanks for the recommendation on Kerouac's stuff.


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Post by: Danny on September 15, 2011, 05:22:10 PM
  "Flags of Our Fathers"    This is an excellent work.


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Post by: cke on September 15, 2011, 06:18:57 PM
"Young Man Luther" by Erik Erikson - and influencial book about the great Reformer from a psych-historical perspective

"the Social Animal" by David Brooks An examination of social mores, education, character and work in determining happiness


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Post by: Caleb on September 15, 2011, 08:33:48 PM
Robert Falconer by George MacDonald


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Post by: Dru Edwards on September 18, 2011, 01:01:00 PM
Stephen King's Everything's Eventual. I prefer King's novels over his short story collections though.


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Post by: quitobuc on September 19, 2011, 03:58:02 PM
A Confederacy of Dunces written by John Kennedy Toole   :roll


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Post by: old folky on September 20, 2011, 12:22:46 PM
Almost through with "A Dark Matter" by Peter Straub.  I figured as he had done a book with Stephen King a few years back that the writing would be similar. 


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Post by: GA-ME on September 20, 2011, 01:09:21 PM
I'm only about 1/3 of the way through Freedom and I fully expect to finish it soon. 

I'm about 500 pages in on Freedom and I'll probably finiush it off this afternoon. It is an easy one to start reading and glance at the clock and realize you are about 90 minutes late in pre-heating the oven so ya can roast that chicken! Also, I just finisned another guilty pleasure: Fanny Flagg's I Still Dream Of You. I can't seem to help myself. The woman's, character's, voices remind me of being about six, or so, and hearing all the Great Aunt's gossiping away while they were busy preparing and canning veggies from my Grandfather's huge and wonderful garden.


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Post by: tuffythepug on September 20, 2011, 02:51:50 PM
I'm about 500 pages in on Freedom and I'll probably finiush it off this afternoon. It is an easy one to start reading and glance at the clock and realize you are about 90 minutes late in pre-heating the oven so ya can roast that chicken! Also, I just finisned another guilty pleasure: Fanny Flagg's I Still Dream Of You. I can't seem to help myself. The woman's, character's, voices remind me of being about six, or so, and hearing all the Great Aunt's gossiping away while they were busy preparing and canning veggies from my Grandfather's huge and wonderful garden.


"Home" is, indeed, an easy book to get caught up in.   Interesting characters, for sure.   I've read a couple of Fannie Flagg's books:   Fried Green Tomatoes and Can't Wait To Get To Heaven.     I'll have to check out the one you mentioned.


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Post by: ryler on September 20, 2011, 11:25:00 PM
GA-ME and tuffy,

I picked up Freedom again after talking to tuffy about it, and oh yeah, it's good.  So I'm headed toward the finish line with that.  Fannie Flagg is a great, engaging writer.  And just as you said, it's the characters, the homespun feel, etc.  You just care about them.  I read Fried Green and Welcome to the World, Baby Girl.  Both were quite good.  I'll have to take a look at I Still Dream of You.  

I think I'm ditching Effortless Mastery.  It kind of bordered on the obvious in perspective.  A lot of different ways of saying, "Be still, thy inner critic," but I just didn't connect with it. In it's stead is The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green, a similar perspective, I'd say, but based on the advice of the author of The Inner Game of Tennis.  It's about freeing yourself musically.  For whatever reason, I find this more readable.


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Post by: tuffythepug on September 21, 2011, 12:09:32 AM
Is it just me or did anyone else have difficulty getting through "The Shack" ?    Seems like there is so much hype about this book and everyone raving how it changed their lives.   I found it to be so boring and trite that I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.      Someone who has read it and liked it needs to tell me what I was missing.


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Post by: rockstar_not on September 22, 2011, 08:05:31 PM
Is it just me or did anyone else have difficulty getting through "The Shack" ?    Seems like there is so much hype about this book and everyone raving how it changed their lives.   I found it to be so boring and trite that I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.      Someone who has read it and liked it needs to tell me what I was missing.

Tuffy - I read it and came to a similar conclusion.  Except I read it through to the end.  I really don't understand the hype.  For most it supposedly expanded their horizons as to what God could be like, for me, I kept asking myself - why does God have to go through the bother of cooking when He spoke the world into existence?  Sorry, if I'm going to believe in God (which I do), He is bigger than that.  Bigger than I can imagine.

The ending of the book happens without any thought as to thorough criminal investigation that it was a disappointment upon the general disappointment of the theme of the book in general.

For a more refreshing and expansive view on the nature of God, read Creature's recommendation from pages back:  "Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl" .  I do reviews on my LinkedIn account and I reviewed both of these, amongst a hundred or so other books I've read recently (past 10 years).  Send me a LinkedIn invite and you can read those reviews.  Unfortunately, Amazon tells me there's no way to export the reviews from the Amazon LinkedIn section to Amazon in general.  I wish I would have known that 2 years ago!

-Scott


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Post by: Caleb on September 22, 2011, 08:36:48 PM
For a more refreshing and expansive view on the nature of God, read Creature's recommendation from pages back:  "Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl" .  I do reviews on my LinkedIn account and I reviewed both of these, amongst a hundred or so other books I've read recently (past 10 years).  Send me a LinkedIn invite and you can read those reviews.  Unfortunately, Amazon tells me there's no way to export the reviews from the Amazon LinkedIn section to Amazon in general.  I wish I would have known that 2 years ago!

-Scott
I'd like to read your review of this book and others.  As far as getting your reviews on Amazon, I suppose you could just cut and paste, though it would take some time if you wanted to give reviews for all those books.  I happen to really enjoy book reviews and find myself reading them a lot on Amazon.  I've bought many books based on the reviews, and avoided some for the same reason.


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Post by: Caleb on October 15, 2011, 02:10:36 PM
I just finished AN EXPERIMENT IN CRITICISM by C.S. Lewis, a book about reading books. (Side note: this is not in any way one of Lewis' religious works. In fact I don't think he even mentions the subject at all.)  It can get heady at times, as anything written by Lewis can, but he really makes a great case for reading well and shows you what that means.  None of the snobbery about reading the "right books" like you might expect to find from a scholar either.  In the epilogue he gives the best defense for reading good fiction that I've ever seen.  If you've ever felt the need to apologize for reading good fiction, or stumble when trying to put into words what it means to you, you should read this book. From page 137:

"What then is the good of -- what is even the defense for -- occupying our hearts with stories of what never happened and entering vicariously into feelings which we should try to avoid having in our own person? ... The nearest I have yet got to an answer is that we seek an enlargement of our being.  We want to be more than ourselves.  Each of us by nature sees the whole world from one point of view with a perspective and a selectiveness peculiar to himself.  And even when we build disinterested fantasies, they are saturated with, and limited by, our own psychology. ... We want to see with other eyes, to imagine with other imaginations, to feel with other hearts, as well as with our own."


The bottom line is that reading well makes our world larger and gets us outside of ourselves.  It reminds me of something L'Amour said in his memoirs, that people think they only have one life to live but they can really live ten thousand lives in books.  

In this book Lewis urges us to "surrender to the text" and be willing to be "taken in."  I particularly like what he says on the matter, especially since the tendency to deconstruct everything we read and look behind or too far into it has taken over.  Good reading is surrender and seeking to enter the author's world.  I also like this attitude because it battles the "what does it mean to YOU" aspect of so much of art today.  I want to know what the artist meant, not what I think it means. If I stay there I will never grow and I will continue to inhabit the smaller world of myself. These ideas are huge and the implications for personal growth are titanic if one captures them to the full.  

If you like to read, not just pass your eyes over pages and say Hmm at a few ideas, but if you really like to READ, then read this book.  It will also help you understand your own tendencies in reading, and you'll get to see if you fall into what Lewis calls the literary or the unliterary.  That part was fun. 


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Post by: WillRoland on October 15, 2011, 03:41:11 PM
Man of Consant Sorrow, Dr. Ralph Stanley's memoir.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on October 15, 2011, 05:50:22 PM
creature,

That book sounds intriguing. 

I particularly liked your assessment of interpreting literature, where you said, "I also like this attitude because it battles the "what does it mean to YOU" aspect of so much of art today.  I want to know what the artist meant, not what I think it means. If I stay there I will never grow and I will continue to inhabit the smaller world of myself."  Interesting idea.

I am reading The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer.    I've read a few things by him before.  But in truth, I dislike his arrogance as a person.  His memoir was condescending and self-aggrandizing, but his fiction writing is good.  (Though he would call it exceptional and "superlative to what passes as literature in contemporary writing," I suppose.)   I really loathe liking his writing because I don't like the man.  Too early to assess this particular novel which is about Hitler's youth.  He can write very well on a ghastly premise, and that's how the book opens.  If overindulged, it could be the turn off that has me close the book early.  We'll see.


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Post by: Caleb on October 15, 2011, 07:17:03 PM
creature,

That book sounds intriguing.  

I particularly liked your assessment of interpreting literature, where you said, "I also like this attitude because it battles the "what does it mean to YOU" aspect of so much of art today.  I want to know what the artist meant, not what I think it means. If I stay there I will never grow and I will continue to inhabit the smaller world of myself."  Interesting idea.
ryler, this idea was lifted directly from Lewis via the book.  Like many things in my mind, I know I lean in a certain direction and believe a thing, but I find Lewis able to pull the thoughts out of me and help me form clear ideas for expression.  This is part of his genius, the fact that he can do this for the masses and not just for the erudite and especially learned on their lofty perches.  This idea is a good example of that.  I always knew that art has a definitive meaning, and that the artist always has something in mind when creating anything (even the alleged absence of meaning is a meaning).  The idea of "taking what I will" from a piece has always seemed so wrong to me.  If I'm only going to take what I will from a thing, there can be no growth because all I'm doing is churning over the same ideas in my mind. I always knew this to be true on some level but Lewis hammered it home.

I consider myself a pretty serious reader, and I thought I had been "surrendering to the text" pretty well before this book.  But I think this book will change my reading for the better from here on out.  Lewis is known not only for his intellect but also for the capacity of his memory.  I think part of this was not just him being able to remember better than the average man, but that he did immerse himself in any given work he read.  It seems like a book for him was like a vacation is for most people.  When you go to a city you don't have to strain and stretch to remember details: you were there, tasted the air and drank in the scenery; you can spout the experience off at any given moment and talk of it for hours.  Lewis did this in books, and seeks to teach others to do it in this book.  I think that's how he remembered so well, by surrendering to the text and taking the risk of being taken in.  Full surrender allows for a full experience.  

Experiment in Criticism is the best non-fiction book I've read all year.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on October 16, 2011, 04:03:16 AM
Just finished '100 Cupboards' by N.D. Wilson (see previous reviews of 'Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl'.

This is a kid's book, but with a challenging topic.  I didn't actually read it, listened to it on CDs in the car for a couple of weeks back and forth to work.  Definitely written as part of a series as there were several 'hanging chads' that need finishing off.  It is part of a series, so I understand.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on October 16, 2011, 10:35:11 AM
Just finished '100 Cupboards' by N.D. Wilson (see previous reviews of 'Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl'.

This is a kid's book, but with a challenging topic.  I didn't actually read it, listened to it on CDs in the car for a couple of weeks back and forth to work.  Definitely written as part of a series as there were several 'hanging chads' that need finishing off.  It is part of a series, so I understand.
I absolutely love this book. Haven't made it through the series yet but will by the end of the year.  Wilson also has a new series started called Ashtown Burials.  Check out the book trailer (book trailer, you say? I know, but check it out: very cool stuff): http://www.ashtownburials.com/
This is a bold statement, but I think Wilson will end up writing some of the best work of our generation.  I recommend his other book Leepike Ridge if you like Cupboards.  Nothing like it but a very good story.  It's on the reread list. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 03, 2011, 08:46:52 PM
 Just started PEGASUS BRIDGE by Stephen E.Ambrose. I went to half price books with my wife and grandson and wound up leaving with 7 books for myself, one for the little lady and one for our grandson. Six of mine are historical military related books. History is very interesting to me and it seems that war shows the true condition and nature of men and the countries they represent much more so than peacetime years. (Whether we like that or not)

  I also just finished 2 books by Dr. James Dobson, the second one was WHAT WIVES WANT THEIR HUSBANDS TO KNOW ABOUT WOMEN. I am going to re-read that book starting in a few days. I wish I had read it ten, twenty or thirty years ago. I guess when you are in your 60th year on this earth you finally gain a tiny bit of wisdom. :blush:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 03, 2011, 09:09:05 PM
Reading:

The Letters of C.S. Lewis - ed. Warren Lewis (his brother)
The Christian Imagination - ed. Leland Ryken - Essays on Imagination via Christian thinkers through the ages.
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (Annual reread)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on December 03, 2011, 10:57:18 PM
Recently finished and loved The Mosquito Coast by Paul Thereaux.   Now I'm reading The Historian.  Not as heartily recommendable so far.  I'll pick up another Thereaux book if this one doesn't do it for me.  In Spanish I'm reading La Familia de Pascual Duarte.  Chock full of challenging vocabulary and phraseology. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on December 04, 2011, 12:42:13 AM
Just finished 'The 39 Steps' by John Buchan.  Also finished a very light 'Corduroy Mansions' by Alexander McCall-Smith (this is the guy who wrote the very popular #1 Ladies Detective Agency series).  Also recently finished 'The Club of Queer Trades' by G.K. Chesterton.

Right now reading 'The Girl Who Married A Lion' by Alexander McCall-Smith. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 22, 2011, 10:39:31 PM
Just finished:

SHE - H. Rider Haggard (one of the best books I've ever read; will be reading more of him in '12)
THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH - Charles Dickens (he blows my mind every time: a true master of the language)

Currently reading:

THE CHIMES - Dickens
SMOKE FROM THIS ALTER, poetry of Louis L'Amour (I've not enjoyed poetry this much in a very long time)


It's been such a wonderful year for books.  If anyone keeps track, I'd love to see some reading logs from 2011. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on December 22, 2011, 10:47:39 PM
Just finished 'The 39 Steps' by John Buchan.  Also finished a very light 'Corduroy Mansions' by Alexander McCall-Smith (this is the guy who wrote the very popular #1 Ladies Detective Agency series).  Also recently finished 'The Club of Queer Trades' by G.K. Chesterton.

Right now reading 'The Girl Who Married A Lion' by Alexander McCall-Smith. 

I've read the whole series of #1 Ladies Detective Agency books and all the rest of his series as well.   I love his style.   


But at the moment I'm reading Stephen King's "11-22-63".    I'm not normally a Stephen King fan but this one was recommended to me and it's excellent.

Just recently finished "The Art of Fielding"  and "Freedom"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 22, 2011, 11:03:21 PM
   I just finished ''Brothers in Battle*Best of Friends" by William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron. Two young men from South Philly who served together in Easy company, 101st Paratroopers. After reading Citizen Soldier, Band of Brothers, Major Winters book and others on the European Theater this is an excellent personal account of WW II in Europe. And the aftermath.

   The forward is by Tom Hanks.

I've started "Up Front" by Bill Mauldin, the G.I. cartoonist who was so well loved by the dog faces and depicted them so well in "Willy and Joe".

Then I'll read "The Soldier from Independence" re: Harry Truman's military biography. Then "The Victors" by Stephen E. Ambrose re: Eisenhower & his boys: The Men of WW II.

   Along with several other books not about physical war, but never the less about the "fight of my life". nuff said.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Strings4Him on December 22, 2011, 11:11:33 PM
I have not been reading as much as I once did.  But, I do love books.

Has anyone tried a Kindle or Nook?  If yes, has this increased your reading?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 22, 2011, 11:21:00 PM
I have not been reading as much as I once did.  But, I do love books.

Has anyone tried a Kindle or Nook?  If yes, has this increased your reading?
  I like real books myself. I find really great deals at Goodwill, and we have "Half Priced Books" here in Texas. I also use the 40% off coupons when they come out from Barnes and Noble.

  My wife loves to read as well, so we have many books from browsing around the resale shops in small towns while there for a stay at a B&B. I have found some really old and interesting books that way, for next to nothing.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: bigonpig on December 22, 2011, 11:48:35 PM
Has anyone tried a Kindle or Nook?  If yes, has this increased your reading?

I've had a Kindle for a couple of years. I wouldn't say I read more now but it is very nice when traveling. It took a little getting used to but I really like it now. My library has Kindle-compatible e-books that are available, which is a nice way to use the Kindle without buying all the titles. Ask to borrow one to test out if you know someone near you that has one.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Stephen Basil on December 22, 2011, 11:53:32 PM
I'm just back from some Christmas shopping and came upon a great gift for myself:

Birkhead, T, The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology

It's a hardcover with many beautiful plates and was being sold off for eight bucks!  I also have William Trevor's "A bit on the Side" and Stephen Mitchell's translation of Homer's Iliad to take me through to 2012. :beer


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on December 23, 2011, 12:20:45 AM
I am reading A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon.  Maybe I already mentioned it.  Now that I'm working full time again, it's taking forever to finish books.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Matthew Larrivee on December 23, 2011, 12:22:23 AM
Currently:

Why Does E=mc2?: (And Why Should We Care?) by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: HAMFIST on December 23, 2011, 12:33:34 AM
"Troubled Transplants: Unconventional Strategies for Helping Disturbed Foster and Adopted Children" -- by Richard J. Delaney.

Also "Weapons of Chess" by Bruce Pandolfini.

My adopted son has a real talent for chess ... hence the reading on the outside to keep up ...


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 23, 2011, 04:34:36 AM
I put Kindle on my Blackberry to see if I'd use it.  It's a small screen and all, which is a disadvantage, but I can tell I'll never really get into it.  I love real books too much.  I also have trained myself to love audiobooks, which I've been enjoying for the last five years or so.  I've got a bro-in-law that got rid of ALL his books and went exclusively to Kindle.  He's sold on it and loves it.  Seems to fit his lifestyle well.  I do like them, but they're just not for me.  But if they get some folks reading again, which I'm sure they have, I say more power to 'em. 

I'm also a fan of Half-Price books (started in Dallas back in the day).  B&N is a fun stop, though I don't make it there very often.  I'm mainly a fan of the library system.  I use it for most of my reading.  I also find many books in thrift stores.  I found a HB edition of Black Beauty the other day in a thrift store (along with about twenty other books that the saleswoman gave me for free since it was my first time there) that's selling on Amazon for almost $50.  I'm keeping it for my little daughter though. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on December 23, 2011, 05:14:54 AM
I have a Nook Color.  I have yet to buy a book for it since there are so many free titles available at Project Gutenberg, as well as using the lendable ebooks from the library.  I like it because when I travel (about 1 week every couple months) I don't have my back-pack weighed down so much with a laptop (I can use the Nook Color to read my e-mail) and a pile of books.  I also use the Nook Color to browse the web and post here at the forum now and then.  A little more tedious but still convenient.  I don't read any more or less with it, just differently.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on December 23, 2011, 05:36:02 AM
BTW - currently reading the first in the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall-Smith, as well as a book written by a woman from our church small group, unpublished so far.  That's one great thing about the Nook - she sent me the .pdf and I converted it into an epub document and boom - it reads and flows on the page just as well as any of the other ePub books I've read.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: oldncrusty on December 23, 2011, 03:14:12 PM
I'm currently reading a very funny book entitled "The Last Testament/A Memoir By God" by David Javerbaum.  A talented and funny writer, much akin to Donald Jack, winner of the Stephen Leacock award and author of a series called "The Bandy Papers".

"The Last Testament" is only funny if you've a working understanding of the Bible, as most of the humour will be lost on those without.
I was brought up Baptist but converted to Agnosticism 36 years ago.  Still read religious stuff in my constant search for a truth that fits.

Other favourites are the many books written by Nevil Shute.
Also very partial to all of Donald Jack's stuff.
Unfortunately, both of these men went west years ago.

Waiting with bated breath for more of Javerbaum's stuff. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dru Edwards on December 23, 2011, 03:27:03 PM
I've read the whole series of #1 Ladies Detective Agency books and all the rest of his series as well.   I love his style.   


But at the moment I'm reading Stephen King's "11-22-63".    I'm not normally a Stephen King fan but this one was recommended to me and it's excellent.

Just recently finished "The Art of Fielding"  and "Freedom"

I've read almost everything by King, but I don't have that one yet. I loved the Dark Tower series. I really hope they do get the movie out.
As far as what I'm reading now, Stephen King's "Buick 8".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on December 23, 2011, 04:07:34 PM
I've read almost everything by King, but I don't have that one yet. I loved the Dark Tower series. I really hope they do get the movie out.
As far as what I'm reading now, Stephen King's "Buick 8".


Have you heard the synopsis of the latest King novel, 11-22-63 ?  it involves time-travel and an attempt to prevent the shooting of JFK.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dru Edwards on December 23, 2011, 09:03:00 PM

Have you heard the synopsis of the latest King novel, 11-22-63 ?  it involves time-travel and an attempt to prevent the shooting of JFK.

That's going to have to be a Christmas gift for myself. I knew the book was about JFK but not about the time travel part. Sounds intriguing.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 27, 2011, 02:57:29 PM
I scored big at Christmas on books (a dozen new ones)!  Won't have to go to the library for a long time. 

Currently reading:
CARING FOR WORDS IN A CULTURE OF LIES by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre 

This is a book based on her lectures on the subject of caring for language.  I'm still early into it but am enjoying it a lot.  To think of language as a gift and something to take care of or to be a steward of is a concept one hears little of in everyday life. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 27, 2011, 03:17:58 PM
I scored big at Christmas on books (a dozen new ones)!  Won't have to go to the library for a long time. 

Currently reading:
CARING FOR WORDS IN A CULTURE OF LIES by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre 

This is a book based on her lectures on the subject of caring for language.  I'm still early into it but am enjoying it a lot.  To think of language as a gift and something to take care of or to be a steward of is a concept one hears little of in everyday life. 
      This sounds interesting. I have been writing quite a bit lately. Partially because I can't play guitar right now and also because I just need to let some things weave there way up and out of my inner being. I was looking at a clipboard with a few pages of recent writing. And I just was intrigued by the "words" them selves. Not what the words meant. Just the wonderful fact that God gave us the ability to write and it expresses our soul and sometimes even deeper, our spirit.

    I just finished "Up Front" by Bill Mauldin and started "Out of Control" (finding peace for the Physically Exhausted and Spiritually Strung Out) by Ben Young and Dr. Samuel Adams. I know Sam Adams so this makes an already interesting book even more intriguing.
    Also have a few more military history books to get into later.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on December 27, 2011, 03:44:53 PM
     This sounds interesting. I have been writing quite a bit lately. Partially because I can't play guitar right now and also because I just need to let some things weave there way up and out of my inner being. I was looking at a clipboard with a few pages of recent writing. And I just was intrigued by the "words" them selves. Not what the words meant. Just the wonderful fact that God gave us the ability to write and it expresses our soul and sometimes even deeper, our spirit.

Well said, Danny.  I have been thinking about language and the use of words a lot of late. I've been writing a lot myself and have become fascinated with the entire subject.  Language is a gift and the abuse of it is everywhere.  This is one of the reasons I gave up on the news.  I can barely stomach all the drivel found on news, talk shows, and especially "round table discussions" where political matters are dissected by the thinkers of the day.  So this book found me at just the right time.  It will help me better iron out my thoughts on the matter and make better sense of it all.  


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on December 27, 2011, 03:47:33 PM
  Well, as you gain a little insight, be sure to share with us.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: MaineTim on December 31, 2011, 11:39:06 PM
Currently reading: "Political Philosophy" by Adam Swift.
On deck: "Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil" by Stephen Batchelor.

Both are print books, simply because there aren't a Kindle editions, but I'm a big fan of electronic books in all forms, and prefer to go that way when I can.

Currently listening to: "The Birth of Classical Europe" by Simon Price.

I'm in a non-fiction phase right now, but I bounce back and forth a lot.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: smilodon on January 01, 2012, 11:51:05 AM
Currently reading: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson

This is a good overview of the history of Egypt from the pre dynastic era through the end of pharaonic rule with the death of Cleopatra and the beginning of Roman rule of Egypt. This is pretty much as detailed as the survey course in Egyptian archeology I took years ago. Which makes it an excellent refresher. Wilkinson always remembers to point out that these people were despots who's rule was harsh if you were not one of the elite. Which is fairly refreshing.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on January 02, 2012, 04:42:59 AM
Just finished an as yet unpublished book by Mandy Houk - she's from our small group from church.  I will not be surprised if it gets picked up by a publisher.  Also just finished Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy.  Quick one-night read.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 02, 2012, 02:04:07 PM
Just finished an as yet unpublished book by Mandy Houk - she's from our small group from church.  I will not be surprised if it gets picked up by a publisher. 
I'm curious, did she have the book bound up and printed, or did you read it on a PDF?  Also, was this a story or some form of theological work?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on January 04, 2012, 10:17:29 PM
I'm curious, did she have the book bound up and printed, or did you read it on a PDF?  Also, was this a story or some form of theological work?

The book was not bound/printed.  I had a word document, which I then converted to .pdf and with the Calibre software, I turned it into an ePub to read on my Nook Color - read nearly like any other book.  It's a fictional work.  I'll see if I can get permission from her to let you have a look at it.

The only issue with the whole process was that it appears that Calibre converted the Word and/or .pdf document page numbers into part of the body of the text.  There's a whole load of settings in Calibre to turn things into ePub format and I probably set one of them wrong.





Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 05, 2012, 02:37:27 PM
The book was not bound/printed.  I had a word document, which I then converted to .pdf and with the Calibre software, I turned it into an ePub to read on my Nook Color - read nearly like any other book.  It's a fictional work.  I'll see if I can get permission from her to let you have a look at it.

The only issue with the whole process was that it appears that Calibre converted the Word and/or .pdf document page numbers into part of the body of the text.  There's a whole load of settings in Calibre to turn things into ePub format and I probably set one of them wrong.




Sure, I'd take a look at it. I mainly asked as someone interested in writing and self-publishing.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on January 05, 2012, 06:16:04 PM
Sure, I'd take a look at it. I mainly asked as someone interested in writing and self-publishing.

In that case, it's quite easy to do this to make eBooks.  Download the freeware Calibre program, look for help on-line on how to convert your written formats into various e-book formats using Calibre, and then all you have to do is get B&N and Amazon to list the book in their inventories/stores.

Here's B&N's answer to your question of self-publishing for the Nook series at least:  http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 09, 2012, 01:45:49 PM
In that case, it's quite easy to do this to make eBooks.  Download the freeware Calibre program, look for help on-line on how to convert your written formats into various e-book formats using Calibre, and then all you have to do is get B&N and Amazon to list the book in their inventories/stores.

Here's B&N's answer to your question of self-publishing for the Nook series at least:  http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home


That looks like pretty interesting stuff.  Thanks for the links. 

Currently reading:

GEORGE MACDONALD: VICTORIAN MYTHMAKER by Rolland Hein 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: PastorChuck on January 10, 2012, 08:39:01 PM
One of my 2012 goals is to read two books a month.

My first read for 2012 is a great motivational book, "Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself" - here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Get-Off-Your-But-Self-Sabotage/dp/0470399937/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326227855&sr=1-1


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 10, 2012, 10:18:11 PM
One of my 2012 goals is to read two books a month.

My first read for 2012 is a great motivational book, "Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself" - here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Get-Off-Your-But-Self-Sabotage/dp/0470399937/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326227855&sr=1-1
Chuck:
Two books a month is a worthy goal, and one that is well within the reach of the average individual.  The book you listed seems interesting.  For some reason it reminded me of one on my own list to read:
(https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcScLb0Ao8WZO9qACPPky3Zr-my1i7V18DF4IIjMgObJzz8Inxab)


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on January 10, 2012, 10:32:02 PM
In current rotation:  Agatha Christie's "Murder at the Vicarage", and "the Innovator's Cookbook" by Steven Johnson.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on January 11, 2012, 12:48:04 AM
  THE VICTORS by Stephen E. Ambrose has my attention right now.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on January 11, 2012, 01:20:29 AM
Not to hijack but might be of some interest to all you readers out there click HERE (http://www.abcstuff.com/items/BH007.html)

Well I thought it was neat anyway :doh


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on January 11, 2012, 01:23:31 AM
The Hotel Honolulu by Paul Thereaux.  He's a great author for creating memorable characters.  My only complaint is that the novel is too episodic, with each chapter it's own story.  I think that keeps me from being sucked in to a more evolving tale.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on January 11, 2012, 01:24:20 AM
Not to hijack but might be of some interest to all you readers out there click HERE (http://www.abcstuff.com/items/BH007.html)

Well I thought it was neat anyway :doh
  That thing could put your eye out :ohmy:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on January 11, 2012, 01:39:22 AM
Oh, let me also add to my list that I am now reading The Creative Writing Thread with break out new author of the year, unclrob.  We've got some good writers in our midst.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on January 11, 2012, 03:26:16 AM
Oh, let me also add to my list that I am now reading The Creative Writing Thread with break out new author of the year, unclrob.  We've got some good writers in our midst.
A bit non-heathen amen to that!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on January 15, 2012, 01:33:32 AM
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.  Was this recommended on this thread earlier at some point?  At any rate, excellent read.  Very thought provoking.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Melodeous on January 15, 2012, 02:52:32 AM
Human factors in the work place from various trade journals and sources necessary to the training program I must write and put into effect. It's a true Great Expectations experience and probably culminate somewhere short of my estimation of reward. But, as a technical writer it is my burden to eschew creative desire for the stoic deed. I wish I could feed myself off my imagination. What a wonderful concept.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on January 15, 2012, 04:22:50 AM
I'm A Stranger Here Myself  by Bill Bryson.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Stephen Basil on January 15, 2012, 03:08:29 PM
CBC Radio 1 Sunday Morning is doing an hour long documentary on L. Tolstoy right now... I'm a little hung over but hopefully the coffee will keep me hanging in there. :beer


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: old folky on January 16, 2012, 12:27:42 PM
Recently finished "The federal siege at Ruby Ridge"  by Randy & Sara Weaver.  Pretty powerful stuff.  Just stared "Muscle Cars---Kings of the Street from the Golden Era".  Not much reading,  but LOTS of picures!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on January 16, 2012, 04:46:40 PM
rockstar_not, I am a fan of the Bill Bryson books.  I'll have to try that one.   

Mark, the device for holding the book open is pure genius.   I wish I'd invented it

I've finished the last "real" paper and ink book I was reading:  Stephen King's "11-22-63".   Now, since I've got the Kindle with 5 or 6 books loaded on it I've got to decide what to read next.   It's going to be one of these:   War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, The Drop by Michael Connely,  The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney, or Pompeii; a novel by Robert Harris.

Anyone read one of these ?


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on January 16, 2012, 04:50:35 PM
Recently finished "The federal siege at Ruby Ridge"  by Randy & Sara Weaver.  Pretty powerful stuff.  Just stared "Muscle Cars---Kings of the Street from the Golden Era".  Not much reading,  but LOTS of picures!
  I have a book I'm reading with history and a LOT OF PICTURES.

                      "Ultimate HARLEY DAVIDSON" by Hugo Wilson  (it's the history of Harley Davidson)



Try reading that on a Kindle :tongue:


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Post by: old folky on January 16, 2012, 05:57:06 PM
Pictures can be worth a thousand words.  Next I'm gonna try the new Stephen King book I think.  I've read about all his other stuff although not much pictures...


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Post by: tuffythepug on January 16, 2012, 06:04:12 PM
Pictures can be worth a thousand words.  Next I'm gonna try the new Stephen King book I think.  I've read about all his other stuff although not much pictures...

the new Stephen King book is very thought-provoking.    Time travel with a whole new perspective.


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Post by: Caleb on January 16, 2012, 09:35:44 PM
Curious, does King say anything about CS Lewis in that book?  He died the same day as Kennedy. Aldous Huxley died that day too.


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Post by: tuffythepug on January 16, 2012, 10:22:35 PM
Curious, does King say anything about CS Lewis in that book?  He died the same day as Kennedy. Aldous Huxley died that day too.

No, there weren't any references to CS Lewis or Aldous Huxley.    The premise of the book is that a portal is discovered that allows a person to travel to a date in June (or July, I forget) in 1958.   The title 11-22-63 refers to the fact that one of the characters is obsessed with trying to prevent the assasination of President Kennedy.   I don't think I've spoiled it for anyone;  all this info is available on the jacket of the book.   


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Post by: teh on January 16, 2012, 11:06:03 PM
I just finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King and I was in 3rd grade the day we were all sent home early that day.

I wouldn't try to second guess Stephen King or get inside his head but I think the reference to C.S. Lewis follows the concept of the "Chronicles of Narnia" by providing a gateway "portal" to another place in this story.

Just starting "Life Itself" by Roger Ebert.


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Post by: Caleb on January 17, 2012, 01:00:40 PM
Yeah, I didn't figure the story would include anything about Lewis.  Was just curious if it was mentioned, as that was a very odd day in history.  But the loss of JFK overshadowed all else, which is easy to understand.  I live outside of Dallas and sometimes it still gives me the creeps to drive by where it happened.


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Post by: Danny on January 30, 2012, 05:07:42 PM
  I finished THE VICTORS by Stephen E. Ambrose last night. Always a litttle sad to finish one of his books. He was such a good writer and caring human being.

     Started "Pursuit of God" by A.W. Tozer. I found the book at a resale shop in the country, it is excellent. It has some underlining and notes in the margin that make it even more interesting to me.


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Post by: Caleb on January 30, 2012, 05:11:32 PM
 

     Started "Pursuit of God" by A.W. Tozer. I found the book at a resale shop in the country, it is excellent. It has some underlining and notes in the margin that make it even more interesting to me.
Odd but this is the second time this book has come up in conversation today. It's an old favorite of mine that gets re-read quite often.  Probably the best theological work I own. Can't recommend it highly enough.


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Post by: tuffythepug on January 30, 2012, 05:13:21 PM
Just getting into "The Invisible Ones" by Stef Penney.   (Fiction)    Unusual story that revolves around a private detective's search for a missing woman in England.   The big twist is that most of the action involves modern-day Gypsies.   So far it's very interesting to learn about Gypsy culture in the 21st century.


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Post by: Danny on January 30, 2012, 05:16:02 PM
Odd but this is the second time this book has come up in conversation today. It's an old favorite of mine that gets re-read quite often.  Probably the best theological work I own. Can't recommend it highly enough.
 He wrote it in rough draft in a train trip from Chicago to Texas. When a work just flows out like that it seems to have more weight behind it.


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Post by: Caleb on January 30, 2012, 07:48:26 PM
 He wrote it in rough draft in a train trip from Chicago to Texas. When a work just flows out like that it seems to have more weight behind it.

True. My edition included a nice but short bio of Tozer. Good stuff.


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Post by: ryler on January 31, 2012, 01:33:07 AM
I just got back from the library and picked up Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut and Goodbye Columbus by Phillip Roth.  Anyone have an opinion on which is better?  Surprisingly, I've read neither author.


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Post by: teh on January 31, 2012, 11:46:20 AM
Here's my recommendation: Kurt Vonnegut's motivation for "Slaughterhouse Five" was the firebombing of Dresden which occured while he was held as a POW there. Also make sure you go one step further and read "A Man Without A Country" which is a series of essays by Vonnegut including his insights about his experience at Dresden including this one: 

"While we were being bombed in Dresden, sitting in a cellar with our arms over our heads in case the ceiling fell, one soldier said as though he were a duchess in a mansion on a cold and rainy night, "I wonder what the poor people are doing tonight." Nobody laughed but we were glad he said it. At least we were still alive!"

Just finishing up "Life Itself" by Roger Ebert and just picked up "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Dr. Frederick Stonehouse and "Shakespeare" by Bill Bryson.




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Post by: ryler on February 01, 2012, 02:14:32 AM
teh,
Thanks for the recommendation.  I started Slaughterhouse 5 and so far, up to page 6, it's very good. 


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Post by: Caleb on February 01, 2012, 09:12:10 AM
Reading:

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood by George MacDonald (re-read; it's one of my favorite books of all time)



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Post by: tuffythepug on February 04, 2012, 04:57:13 PM
Just following up on my earlier post about "The Invisible Ones"...     I'm about 3/4 through it at this point and it's turning out to be one of the best reads I've enjoyed in quite a while.   Lots of plot twists and interesting characters.   Hope the ending doesn't disappoint !


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Post by: Caleb on February 08, 2012, 03:19:15 PM
Been heavily immersed in Loius L'Amour's book of poetry, Smoke From This Alter.  Heretical in "serious" poetry circles, but I've hardly ever enjoyed poetry more than this.


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Post by: ryler on February 18, 2012, 01:47:17 PM
To The Light House by Virginia Woolf.  I am surprised by the excellence of this book.  Yes, taught as a classic, but always as a diminished classic.  A lesser classic.  At least that has been my sense of the book's reputation.  In the 40 pages I've read thus far, it is an exquisite portrayal of the human spirit, mind, condition.  Nuanced.  Poignant. Good.


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Post by: Caleb on February 18, 2012, 03:18:17 PM
About to start N.D. Wilson's THE DRAGON'S TOOTH from his new Ashtown Burial series. 

Also, not reading but writing... I'm putting the finishing touches on a novel I've been working on since June. 


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Post by: ryler on February 18, 2012, 09:42:09 PM
Whoa, creature!  Finishing touches?  Very impressive.  Congratulations.


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Post by: Caleb on February 18, 2012, 10:45:37 PM
Whoa, creature!  Finishing touches?  Very impressive.  Congratulations.
Yep. Unpublished (obviously). Mostly just wrote it for my children.


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Post by: ryler on February 18, 2012, 11:14:15 PM
My cousin-in-law (?) just got picked up by a publisher after mmm, I'd say 5 years of trying and is due to be in print next June.  She just knew that what she wrote was good, and kept the faith all that time.  So who knows?  I'm sure your kids will cherish what you have left for them, published or not.  Make sure you send it to unclrob for spelling and general copy editing first!


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Post by: Caleb on February 18, 2012, 11:49:02 PM
My cousin-in-law (?) just got picked up by a publisher after mmm, I'd say 5 years of trying and is due to be in print next June.  She just knew that what she wrote was good, and kept the faith all that time.  So who knows?  I'm sure your kids will cherish what you have left for them, published or not.  Make sure you send it to unclrob for spelling and general copy editing first!
I wouldn't even know how to begin the process.  I think what I have is pretty good (fantasy, Narnianesque in flavor) and that it might appeal to people.  I'll probably let people read it if they want to.

I will put the final few sentences on the ending tomorrow; then begins the process of editing and tightening things up.  I'm sure several parts will be re-written in that process.  It all might take a few more months. I only get to work on it during my lunchbreaks.  


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Post by: Caleb on February 21, 2012, 03:41:40 PM
Just finished That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis, the final installment of his Space Trilogy. This last story happens on Earth though. One of the best books I've ever read. FYI: you wouldn't have to read the first two books to enjoy it.

Just started a reread of The Great Divorce by Lewis via audiobook.


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Post by: rockstar_not on February 25, 2012, 06:15:51 AM
Silas Marner


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Post by: Caleb on February 25, 2012, 04:37:37 PM
Silas Marner
Read it last year.  Wonderful stuff.


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Post by: Danny on March 16, 2012, 04:20:33 PM
  I am reading a few books at once right now, but the one that is the magnet is WITH THE OLD BREED by E.B. Sledge

   Amazing writing for a man who in no way is a writer. I think that's what makes this the BEST first hand memoir of WW II in the Pacific. For those who don't know he was a rifleman in the Marines, as well as a "stove pipe boy". His story is told in the series "The Pacific" by Tom Hanks.


            I don't want this one to end, because of the "window" Mr. Sledge provides into the realities of his daily life in training and in battle. I have read many history books, but his one stands alone for its stark depiction of life on the front lines.


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Post by: tuffythepug on March 16, 2012, 04:30:51 PM
I recently finished the Autobiography of an American Sniper by an ex Navy Seal.   In light of the recent civilian slaughter in Afghanistan it is an interesting glimpse into the training and the mind-set of these guys.

Right now I am deeply into "Cutting For Stone" and I am totally engrossed.   I am a sucker for books that have a betrayal and redemption theme, :blush:
So far I've seen a fair amount of betrayal so there better be some redemption coming up at the end  :mad:
The book is set in Ethiopia during Haille Sellassie's rein and, so for, takes place in small medical facility with one operating room.  Great cast of characters that are very well defined.


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Post by: Danny on March 16, 2012, 04:45:41 PM
    I met a fine young Marine yesterday and we talked about different books. He recommended "No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah" written by Bing West. So I ordered it today. The young Marine is a Sargent and served twice in Iraq and is going back once more. I thanked him sincerely for his service.


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Post by: jandrew on March 16, 2012, 04:50:43 PM
Just finished "The Windup Girl" by Paolo Bacigalugi -- an excellent first full length novel from this SF writer.

As for war stories, "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks is terrific: great writing and the rendering of life in the trenches and tunnels of World War I will surely stay with you. Not a light read.

andrew


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Post by: Danny on March 16, 2012, 04:55:48 PM
Just finished "The Windup Girl" by Paolo Bacigalugi -- an excellent first full length novel from this SF writer.

As for war stories, "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks is terrific: great writing and the rendering of life in the trenches and tunnels of World War I will surely stay with you. Not a light read.

andrew
"Birdsong"     Is that just a "Story" or is it "History"? I find no need to read fiction with all the well written true (hopefully) accounts that are available.


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Post by: Caleb on March 16, 2012, 05:03:19 PM
Went thrift store diving yesterday and scored big. Found a vintage hardback of Treasure Island and Dante's Comedy for two bucks total. An old edition of Bronte's Heights for a buck. Steinbeck's Red Pony for 50 cents. And three poetic volumes: Blake, Christina Rosetti and WB Yeats. A lovely day!


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Post by: Danny on March 16, 2012, 05:04:50 PM
Went thrift store diving yesterday and scored big. Found a vintage hardback of Treasure Island and Dante's Comedy for two bucks total. An old edition of Bronte's Heights for a buck. Steinbeck's Red Pony for 50 cents. And three poetic volumes: Blake, Christina Rosetti and WB Yeats. A lovely day!
  That's the stuff we like to do as well, good deal :thumbsup


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Post by: jandrew on March 16, 2012, 05:09:11 PM
"Birdsong"     Is that just a "Story" or is it "History"? I find no need to read fiction with all the well written true (hopefully) accounts that are available.

It is a fictional novel -- but that is certainly no reason to pass on it.

andrew


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Post by: Danny on March 16, 2012, 05:12:14 PM
It is a fictional novel -- but that is certainly no reason to pass on it.

andrew
  Thank you, I just have at least a dozen historical books to read first, I keep finding so many good ones I haven't read yet.


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Post by: Queequeg on March 16, 2012, 06:14:16 PM
Started Walter Isaacson's bio, Steve Jobs. I'm liking it. I do not consider myself to be a rabid Apple guy. I use PCs more than Macs, but I have an iPhone, and a MacBook Pro, and I am tempted to buy one of the reburbished iPad II tablets now that iPad III has been released into the wild.

Just in time for St Patricks Day, I'm reading To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue
Here is a sample, which I posted on another board here recently.


(http://www.panhala.net/Archive/Sybil%20Head%20Dingle%20Peninsula%20Ireland.jpg)
Beannacht
("Blessing")
 
On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
 
And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.
 
When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.
 
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.
 

~ John O'Donohue ~


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Post by: Caleb on March 16, 2012, 07:52:05 PM
Amazing photo. Did you take it?


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Post by: Queequeg on March 16, 2012, 08:16:56 PM
Amazing photo. Did you take it?
It's a great shot; isn't it?
I can't take any credit for it.
When I searched for this particular poem online, I found it, complete with the image you see there. I took a bicycle trip up the west coast of Ireland about 10 years ago along the Atlantic shoreline, and out to the Aran Islands, and so much of it looked just like this photograph. And the poet lived there in the Burren area of Ireland, and he spoke of it, and wrote about it, too.


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Post by: ryler on March 17, 2012, 12:17:33 PM
I'm in the middle of The Oath by Elie Weisel.  It's good, but not one of his best.


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Post by: Caleb on March 20, 2012, 02:37:25 PM
I've read NIGHT by Weisel. Didn't enjoy it at all and pretty much decided it would be my last book by him. The subject matter was/is important, but I just don't enjoy such things anymore. Graphic depictions of horrible events are needed so history is preserved though. I get that. I've just grown too lighthearted for such things.

Currently rereading George MacDonald's LILITH. Such an odd story. I've never seen anything else like it.  Based somewhat on the old Jewish folklore of Adam's first wife, Lilith. The main character is transported into a secondary world via a magic mirror (probably also borrowed from Jewish folklore) and led around by his guide, one Mr Raven who is a bird that also turns into a man. Me Raven is really Adam. Absolutely fascinating stuff.


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Post by: cke on March 20, 2012, 05:51:57 PM


Currently rereading George MacDonald's LILITH. Such an odd story. I've never seen anything else like it.  Based somewhat on the old Jewish folklore of Adam's first wife, Lilith. The main character is transported into a secondary world via a magic mirror (probably also borrowed from Jewish folklore) and led around by his guide, one Mr Raven who is a bird that also turns into a man. Me Raven is really Adam. Absolutely fascinating stuff.
You may already know MacDonald was a great influence on CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein.

I am finally reading The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo (Stieg Larsson). Really well written, but one of the 'dark' stories.


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Post by: Caleb on March 20, 2012, 06:09:42 PM
You may already know MacDonald was a great influence on CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein.


True!


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Post by: rockstar_not on March 20, 2012, 08:51:00 PM
You may already know MacDonald was a great influence on CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein.

I am finally reading The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo (Stieg Larsson). Really well written, but one of the 'dark' stories.

I read that one about 6 months ago - won't be reading any further stories in the series.  My mind simply doesn't handle unredeemed darkness very well.


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Post by: Caleb on March 20, 2012, 08:58:27 PM
I read that one about 6 months ago - won't be reading any further stories in the series.  My mind simply doesn't handle unredeemed darkness very well.
For me reading time is too precious to wade in dark places for long. One's mileage may vary.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on April 03, 2012, 08:57:28 PM
Fall of Giants, Ken Follett.  Just started.  It's a long book, so I won't be updating this post for awhile...unless I dislike it and quit on it.


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Post by: Danny on April 03, 2012, 09:41:04 PM
   I finished "WITH THE OLD BREED" by E.B. Sledge and "Helmet for a pillow" by Robert Leckie. Now I've started "Challenge for the Pacific" by Robert Leckie.

Leckie is a writer who can put you in the circumstance, and since he was a marine at Guadalcanal etc. his perspective is really part of American history.


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Post by: CJ on April 03, 2012, 10:01:26 PM
The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey on Kindle. It's a kind of follow up to Riders of the Purple Sage. I'm enjoying Zane Grey's stuff - mostly in the public domain now and often free on the Kindle. Previously read all of Louis L'Amour's books - really love the westerns.


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Post by: tuffythepug on April 03, 2012, 10:25:54 PM
"Pompeii."...........    a fictional mystery set in ancient Roman times just before and after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that devastated Pompeii.    Descriptions of the everyday life is quite entertaining.  And it goes into a lot of detail about the aquaducts and other water-delivery systems of the time

.


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Post by: rockstar_not on April 03, 2012, 11:01:44 PM
Civil War Acoustic Shadows
by
Charles Ross

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-Acoustic-Shadows-Charles-Ross/dp/1572492546/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333494056&sr=8-1

Very interesting look at how outcomes of various Civil War battles were possibly affected by the acoustics due to terrain and weather. 


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Post by: Danny on April 04, 2012, 01:56:29 AM
Civil War Acoustic Shadows
by
Charles Ross

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-Acoustic-Shadows-Charles-Ross/dp/1572492546/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333494056&sr=8-1

Very interesting look at how outcomes of various Civil War battles were possibly affected by the acoustics due to terrain and weather. 
  This sounds interesting. It was the civil war that got me reading about American History many years ago. As a boy in the Ozarks we played on hills that had remains of gun emplacements. At least we thought that's what they must have been.


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Post by: Caleb on April 04, 2012, 01:53:20 PM
CJ: Have you tried L'Amour's poetry?  It's among my favorites.

Reading a bio on Hank Williams by Colin Escott. Interesting subject but the author comes off kind of cocky. I really hate that. He makes jabs here and there about people, things he couldn't possibly know about not having been there or actually knowing the people. There's too much detail for the average reader about radio stations and names, etc. I just wanted to know about Hank and how it all went. There's another bio at the library that I might pick up. I rarely quit a book but have been tempted to quit this one.  So many times bios are just a soapbox for the author.


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Post by: CZERO9RW on April 04, 2012, 04:30:52 PM
Recently finished up Follet's The Pillars of the Earth and semi-enjoyed it. My wife found a deeply discounted Game of Thrones collection so she thought I might like them.

Pillars was bearable. I am halfway through the first book of Thrones and I think I may need a respite from the "Medieval Soap Opera" theme.  :wacko:


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Post by: GA-ME on April 06, 2012, 01:06:53 AM
Weapons of Mass Instruction

John Taylor Gatto


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Post by: rockstar_not on April 09, 2012, 07:16:31 PM
"Crazy Love" by Francis Chan on my iPhone.  Francis has/had 3 books up for free on the Olive Tree software site for any mobile device.


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Post by: Strings4Him on April 09, 2012, 10:28:58 PM
"Crazy Love" by Francis Chan on my iPhone.  Francis has/had 3 books up for free on the Olive Tree software site for any mobile device.

Good book  :thumbsup


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Post by: KenHolden on April 10, 2012, 12:02:49 AM
This thread has been reminding me of the stack of books that I have bought, and have yet to read.

I have been trying to read Clive Cussler's set of books in their order, and while I'm not quite halfway though, there are more being added to the end.

There are few more in the pile to be read as well, and more in mind to buy/read.


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Post by: funkstarfish on April 10, 2012, 12:31:02 AM
Rereading Game of Thrones and another fantasy series called The Malazan Book of the Fallen.  I'm reading The Kohler Method of Dog Training, I'm reading 2 of Eliot Colemans intensive organic gardening books, and I'm reading a homesteading book.  They all pique my interests at different times.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on April 10, 2012, 12:57:46 AM
I'm reading The Kohler Method of Dog Training

You may also enjoy: Schutzhund Obedience: Training In Drive by Shiela Booth.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on April 10, 2012, 01:27:26 AM
  I also have many waiting to be read, but we have been on one house project after another to prepare it for the market. I think we have it basically ready.  But now I need to deal with the storage building and garage/shop. :blush:
  I'm looking forward to reading and playing :guitar time again.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: funkstarfish on April 10, 2012, 02:20:31 AM
You may also enjoy: Schutzhund Obedience: Training In Drive by Shiela Booth.

thanks, ill have a look, have some mutts that may have wolf in them so i want to really have them well trained so they can enjoy and not be anxious in life.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on April 10, 2012, 02:25:15 AM
thanks, ill have a look, have some mutts that may have wolf in them so i want to really have them well trained so they can enjoy and not be anxious in life.
We have a coydog it's more than likely that your dogs have coyote on them.



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Post by: CJ on April 10, 2012, 03:14:09 AM
CJ: Have you tried L'Amour's poetry?  It's among my favorites.


Sorry, I just saw this. I didn't know he had published any poetry. Now you have me wondering what could possibly rhyme with "smokeless fire" ...  :winkin:


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Post by: Caleb on April 10, 2012, 05:35:07 PM

Sorry, I just saw this. I didn't know he had published any poetry. Now you have me wondering what could possibly rhyme with "smokeless fire" ...  :winkin:
The poetry was his first published work, long before the novels. His memoirs are great too. A very gifted man.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 10, 2012, 07:04:25 PM
Currently rereading Notes From The Tilt-a-Whirl by ND Wilson.  He takes on biggies like the problem of evil and makes fun of philosophers who took themselves too seriously. I can see myself reading this book twenty or thirty times throughout life.

I recently finished his excellent work of fiction, The Dragon's Tooth. Think I'll reread his Leepike Ridge again soon.


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Post by: rockstar_not on April 11, 2012, 05:21:17 AM
Currently rereading Notes From The Tilt-a-Whirl by ND Wilson.  He takes on biggies like the problem of evil and makes fun of philosophers who took themselves too seriously. I can see myself reading this book twenty or thirty times throughout life.

I recently finished his excellent work of fiction, The Dragon's Tooth. Think I'll reread his Leepike Ridge again soon.
Just re-recommended Notes From The Tilt-a-Whirl to my brother in law, who feeds me good books to read.

Just downloaded 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot into my Nook.


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Post by: Abharwa on April 12, 2012, 02:19:05 PM
Was browsing the free stuff on my nook just a couple days ago and started reading the original Dracula.  Forgot just how good that was!
Also been trying to make may way thru the most recent Game of Thrones book - Dance with Dragons.  Having a hard time picking up though...


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Post by: old folky on April 12, 2012, 04:05:51 PM
Was browsing the free stuff on my nook just a couple days ago and started reading the original Dracula.  Forgot just how good that was!
Also been trying to make may way thru the most recent Game of Thrones book - Dance with Dragons.  Having a hard time picking up though...

I'd forgotten about Bram's "Dracula".  I read it when I was  a teenager or maybe a little before.  My Dad always said he read it in the daylight because it was safer. :whistling:


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Post by: Caleb on April 12, 2012, 05:29:45 PM
Just re-recommended Notes From The Tilt-a-Whirl to my brother in law, who feeds me good books to read.
I've tried to turn a few folks on to Wilson's writing.  It's good stuff. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: randmag on April 14, 2012, 12:05:32 AM
Currently reading Delta Blues by Ted Gioia. The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters.  :thumb


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on April 16, 2012, 04:09:29 AM
Wow, Middlemarch is LONG!  I don't know if I can power through that or not.  Might switch over to some light Chesterton or Belloc for my Victorian/Edwardian (at least I think those are the right eras) track of reading.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on April 16, 2012, 11:47:35 AM
rockstar,

Middlemarch is, indeed, long and maybe should be retitled "Middleo'nextmarch" to reflect the date by which you may finish it! 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on April 17, 2012, 06:51:12 PM
Just started:

 Tolstoy's Anna Karenina
 and
 The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Both have been on the list a while.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on May 11, 2012, 04:48:29 AM
I'm a few chapters into 'The Man Who Was Thursday' by Chesterton as well as 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'.

Also, some interesting news, our friend from church who is shopping her novel which I reported on here a few months back just got picked up by her 'dream agent'.  As I reported before, I will not be surprised at all to see this get picked up by a major publisher.  It's a great read.

Caleb, I know you're reading this - just a heads up for you to be on the lookout.  I will certainly post back here and do a re-read of this because the ending has changed a bit from the version I proofed and read months ago.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 11, 2012, 02:17:02 PM
I'm a few chapters into 'The Man Who Was Thursday' by Chesterton as well as 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'.

Also, some interesting news, our friend from church who is shopping her novel which I reported on here a few months back just got picked up by her 'dream agent'.  As I reported before, I will not be surprised at all to see this get picked up by a major publisher.  It's a great read.

Caleb, I know you're reading this - just a heads up for you to be on the lookout.  I will certainly post back here and do a re-read of this because the ending has changed a bit from the version I proofed and read months ago.
Great news.  I wish her only the best.  Such a great book she's written! 


I just started JUBAL SACKETT by Louis L'Amour

Having a hard time with Tolstoy's ANNA. Just cannot seem to get into it. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on May 11, 2012, 11:50:13 PM
creature,

I just couldn't get into that book either.  I didn't care.  I picked it up because I heard it was "more accessible" (read, "easier") than War and Peace.  But I completely failed to care about plot or characters.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: tuffythepug on May 12, 2012, 04:38:34 AM
Just finished something old;   The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and now I've started something new;   "My Cross To Bear" the Gregg Allman autobiography


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on May 12, 2012, 06:45:36 AM
Just finished something old;   The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and now I've started something new;   "My Cross To Bear" the Gregg Allman autobiography
Love Chandler  :+1: :+1: Especially that one.
I have finished the Larsson "Girl..." trilogy and now reading a Jonathan Kellerman mystery "Over the Edge". Love his guitar book "With Strings Attached"


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dru Edwards on May 12, 2012, 01:06:34 PM
I just bought Stephen King's new "The Wind Through the Keyhole" book. Just released a couple of weeks ago. It's a Dark Tower novel that falls somewhere in the middle of his epic 7 book opus. Looking forward to reading this one!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 12, 2012, 02:43:00 PM
Strong Men Armed by Robert Leckie. He is one of the best at giving the truth about war in the Pacific and making it intriguing.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 13, 2012, 06:16:23 AM
creature,

I just couldn't get into that book either.  I didn't care.  I picked it up because I heard it was "more accessible" (read, "easier") than War and Peace.  But I completely failed to care about plot or characters.


I might put it down. Sometimes I find myself reading classic stuff because I think I should. Did that with Moby Dick and didn't enjoy it at all.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on May 13, 2012, 01:07:19 PM
I couldn't make myself slog through Moby Dick, either.  I remember the first chapter having some true humor in it, so I was optimistic for entertainment plus erudition, but ah, such a deceptive first chapter.  I bailed on Mr. Melville. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 13, 2012, 01:43:35 PM
I couldn't make myself slog through Moby Dick, either.  I remember the first chapter having some true humor in it, so I was optimistic for entertainment plus erudition, but ah, such a deceptive first chapter.  I bailed on Mr. Melville. 
I made it through but not without a lot of work. I always feel like a dummy for not connecting with the classics though.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on May 13, 2012, 02:11:29 PM
I made it through but not without a lot of work. I always feel like a dummy for not connecting with the classics though.

My incomplete long classics started but not finished list:

The Brothers Karamazov - Tolstoy
Middlemarch - Eliot


My long book finished but disappointed I did list:
London - Rutherfurd

Starting and finishing a rather long book can be like dating, or sorting out whether a new acquaintance may be a future loyal friend in disguise.   Sometimes it also takes a bit of experience under one's belt to appreciate the power of a great story.  I remember when my dad tried to get me to read The Hobbit and LOTR trilogy when I was in 7th grade or so.  I remember thinking that it was going to be a whole bunch of work to make it through - that thought was constantly present in my mind.  I also remember not wanting to get characterized as one of those weird kids that lives in a fantasy world playing dungeons and dragons and what not.  I didn't even finish The Hobbit.

Fast forward 7 or 8 years, after I had tasted just a tad of what good and evil really are; had tasted that power can corrupt in some small way - and BANG the truths under girding The Hobbit and LOTR leapt off the page, gripping me inside and turning the pages for me. 

I dated perhaps 7-10 girls before I met my wife.  I think that my 'really long book' list will probably be as short.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: funkstarfish on May 13, 2012, 02:16:46 PM
Now reading the fantasy series, from Robert Jordan called Wheel of Time.  just started book 3 and its great.  I always read fiction mixed with my fantasy, or at least a decent piece of nonfiction, but fantasy just keeps the pages turning whereas most other works can be well, work. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on May 13, 2012, 04:14:08 PM
I couldn't make myself slog through Moby Dick, either.  I remember the first chapter having some true humor in it, so I was optimistic for entertainment plus erudition, but ah, such a deceptive first chapter.  I bailed on Mr. Melville. 
I might put it down. Sometimes I find myself reading classic stuff because I think I should. Did that with Moby Dick and didn't enjoy it at all.
Wow! I loved Moby Dick even as a high school Junior. I  think it is a great read once you accept the florid 19th century style. I unabashedly and unapologetically think it is the greatest novel written by an American even to our time.  :wave


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 13, 2012, 04:44:15 PM
Wow! I loved Moby Dick even as a high school Junior. I  think it is a great read once you accept the florid 19th century style. I unabashedly and unapologetically think it is the greatest novel written by an American even to our time.  :wave
A lot of folks consider it the best work in American lit. I just didn't connect with it. Maybe 20 years from now I might like it. Maybe not? I read lots of books from the 19th century, so the style wasn't the issue with me. Just didn't like the story and found it a beating to get through.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on May 13, 2012, 06:08:18 PM
The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto and Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People by Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein are both presently occupying my reading time.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on May 13, 2012, 11:15:37 PM
My incomplete long classics started but not finished list:

The Brothers Karamazov - Tolstoy
Middlemarch - Eliot

Funny, I loved, loved, loved The Brothers Karamazov.  The translation may have made the difference.  It was one that came out with great acclaim.  I did not, however, finish Middlemarch.  Stuffy, dull.




Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 14, 2012, 03:46:16 AM
My incomplete long classics started but not finished list:

The Brothers Karamazov - Tolstoy
Middlemarch - Eliot


My long book finished but disappointed I did list:
London - Rutherfurd

Starting and finishing a rather long book can be like dating, or sorting out whether a new acquaintance may be a future loyal friend in disguise.   Sometimes it also takes a bit of experience under one's belt to appreciate the power of a great story.  I remember when my dad tried to get me to read The Hobbit and LOTR trilogy when I was in 7th grade or so.  I remember thinking that it was going to be a whole bunch of work to make it through - that thought was constantly present in my mind.  I also remember not wanting to get characterized as one of those weird kids that lives in a fantasy world playing dungeons and dragons and what not.  I didn't even finish The Hobbit.

Fast forward 7 or 8 years, after I had tasted just a tad of what good and evil really are; had tasted that power can corrupt in some small way - and BANG the truths under girding The Hobbit and LOTR leapt off the page, gripping me inside and turning the pages for me. 

I dated perhaps 7-10 girls before I met my wife.  I think that my 'really long book' list will probably be as short.

I can't imagine reading LOTR in seventh grade. I never would've made it.  But then again I wasn't a reader till my thirties.

Side note: this has been one of my best book-years to date. I've read some great stuff so far, some very good surprises too.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on May 14, 2012, 01:22:36 PM
I can't imagine reading LOTR in seventh grade. I never would've made it. 

Probably another influence that made a difference for my reading was having visited Europe and seeing truly ancient things.  Here in the US, unless you visit the southwest, there are almost no remnants of ancient society that one can see on a daily basis.

At least in my head, this made the study of history and history itself seem dull and lifeless.  Seeing ancient ruins in Europe, like along the 'Burgstrasse' in Germany, changed that in my head.  Rather than just fantasy stories, the idea of different kingdoms existing within a few day's walk came alive to me.

It's changed my view of history altogether.  I can now, at least in part, put myself in a character's shoes from ancient times when I read.  I simply couldn't do that before.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 14, 2012, 02:15:05 PM
Probably another influence that made a difference for my reading was having visited Europe and seeing truly ancient things.  Here in the US, unless you visit the southwest, there are almost no remnants of ancient society that one can see on a daily basis.

At least in my head, this made the study of history and history itself seem dull and lifeless.  Seeing ancient ruins in Europe, like along the 'Burgstrasse' in Germany, changed that in my head.  Rather than just fantasy stories, the idea of different kingdoms existing within a few day's walk came alive to me.

It's changed my view of history altogether.  I can now, at least in part, put myself in a character's shoes from ancient times when I read.  I simply couldn't do that before.
You know, I've never thought of things like that before but it makes sense.  My daily life is surrounded by modern sites and sounds and I can see how it would be hard for some to use the imagination for stories like LOTR. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GA-ME on May 14, 2012, 04:27:55 PM
there are almost no remnants of ancient society that one can see on a daily basis.

These types of remnants are to be found all through the Appalachians. While, with the exception of a few scattered Native American sites, the remnants are not "ancient" they indeed have stories to tell. One of my greatest joys in hiking the Appalachian Trail was the wonderful moments of stumbling onto a small rock wall, portion of a foundation, hearths and fireplaces, decayed farms and homesteads, that had been nearly completely reclaimed and swallowed by forest and time. Often times for days after stumbling onto one of these sites, I'd occupy my mind, as I walked my 20 or so miles for the the day, with the stories that might have accompanied the dreams and promise that built these markers and of the sorrows and heartbreaks that may have lead to their reclamation.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on May 14, 2012, 06:09:15 PM
These types of remnants are to be found all through the Appalachians. While, with the exception of a few scattered Native American sites, the remnants are not "ancient" they indeed have stories to tell. One of my greatest joys in hiking the Appalachian Trail was the wonderful moments of stumbling onto a small rock wall, portion of a foundation, hearths and fireplaces, decayed farms and homesteads, that had been nearly completely reclaimed and swallowed by forest and time. Often times for days after stumbling onto one of these sites, I'd occupy my mind, as I walked my 20 or so miles for the the day, with the stories that might have accompanied the dreams and promise that built these markers and of the sorrows and heartbreaks that may have lead to their reclamation.

GA-ME, do you know that there are some linguists who posit that the english spoken in the hills of Appalachia comes closest to what might have been spoken in Shakespearean era England?  To sum up their theory, their claim is that this is the location in the world where pronunciation of english would have had the least amount of outside influence going back 2-300 years.

You are right in that there are remnants of homesteads in the Appalachian mountains.  Here in CO, there are many ghost towns dating back 100-200 years.  What I'm referring to however, is seeing castles and fortresses going back 1000 years and more in some cases.

Here's an example, in Aachen, Germany - one can rest against pillars of a Roman era Aqueduct as one has an ice cream in the pedestrian zone portion of the city.  Completely normal and expected in Europe.  Aachen is at least one of the cities where Charlemagne/Charles the Great/Karl der Große had set up shop.

In northern Europe, these types of remnants are also more rare, as public works architecture often was made from wood rather than stone and concrete.  There are plenty of places, however, in Sweden where one can see standing stones with runes inscribed, just along the side of the road in various places.  Just not as many huge structures there as in the rest of Europe.

-Scott

Here, our ancient cultural architecture is much more fragile in nature and much more rare. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 17, 2012, 06:48:01 PM
Had to bail on Tolstoy's ANNA. 

Currently reading KING SOLOMON'S MINES by H. Rider Haggard.  Having a blast with it.  I read his SHE a while back and loved it. I missed all this as a boy but am having fun with it now.  Nothing like a good adveture story. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on May 21, 2012, 03:53:33 AM
Reading 'Kings Cross' by Timothy Keller, about 2/3 through.  He's one of my pastor's favorite authors and I can understand why.  I'll definitely be reading more by him.

BTW - for those of you that are somewhat social media savvy - there's a community at www.goodreads.com that does basically what this thread has been doing.  You can report on what books you are reading, have read, write reviews, find like-minded readers, etc.

I have really appreciated this thread that the creature started way back when.  In fact, I found one of my favorite books of the last several years through one of his recommendations in this thread.  If any of you have picked up one of the books I've recommended and want to 'friend' me on goodreads, send me a PM and we'll connect.  I'll do the same.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 23, 2012, 01:51:58 PM
King Solomon's Mines was a blast.  I'll be reading a lot more H. Rider Haggard. 

Currently reading:
Black Ivory by R.M. Ballantyne.  Historical fiction about the east African slave trade. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: GeeNorm on May 23, 2012, 05:03:47 PM
Amazon's Kindle Store is going to drain my bank account! I follow several authors including Preston and Child, David Baldacci <sp?>, Lee Child, and others.

Now I am revisiting some of the free Kindle classics. I am currently rereading Verne's The Mysterious Island. I had forgotten just how detailed Verne could be, particularly after being subjected to abridged and "updated" films based on this novel.

Norman


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on May 23, 2012, 05:24:16 PM
"War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality " Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow. Not about the false dichotomy between faith and science but rather a discussion of the ways people search for meaning. Chopra is of course famous for his PBS shows on spirituality, but is actually a well respected endocrinologist. Mlodinow is a professor (PhD. U Cal) of theoretical physics at Cal Tech who also wrote scripts for Star Trek: the Next Generation.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dru Edwards on May 26, 2012, 07:42:54 PM
I just purchased Stephen King's new "The Wind through the Keyhole" release from Amazon.ca. It's part of the Dark Tower series and fits somewhere in the middle of the series. Looking forward to this one.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on May 27, 2012, 11:31:43 AM
The Sense of An Ending, Julian Barnes.  Very short, very well written.  I'm enjoying it.  Kind of reminds me of A Separate Peace by John Knowles. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 28, 2012, 08:47:53 PM
I just now closed the book "Strong men Armed" THE U.S. MARINES AGAINST JAPAN, by Robert Leckie. It's interesting that on Memorial day I finished this long detailed book. My head is full of thoughts regarding all the battles fought by the Marines from Guadalcanal to Okinawa, and the final Landing on the beach of Japan itself to receive the solders surrender.

   Robert Leckie is a Marine who fought in most of the conflicts he wrote about, so the impressions he gives are heart felt.  A long read, but well worth my time.


And one little added note, Thank you Mr. Leckie and all your fellow Marines for your tremendous sacrifice. We'll never forget.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: prof_stack on May 29, 2012, 06:16:02 PM
"Killing Lincoln" is a very close-up and detailed view of the lives swirling around the assassination. 

Very well written (I think) and quite sobering.

That's what I'm reading now, using old-school paper as the medium.   :smile:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on May 29, 2012, 10:26:23 PM
    I am starting a book written by an author recommended by an active duty marine. "The March Up" Bing West and Maj. General Ray Smith USMC (ret.) co-wrote this one on the taking of Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division.
    I am not interested that much in more recent history, but this young marine that recommended "Bing West" seemed impressed with his writing and he is on his 3rd tour of duty over in the sand dunes. So I must see whats here in this book and another one "No True Glory" by Bing West.

  Oh yea, both of my books are paper/hardbacks. :+1:


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on May 29, 2012, 10:27:52 PM
Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow.  It's his newest.  Very early in the book, but so far, so good. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 30, 2012, 01:55:38 AM
The Wizard by H. Rider Haggard
Not sure anything can compare to King Solomon's Mines but I'm enjoying this one a lot.

I'm also about halfway through a very slow read of Louis L'Amour's Jubal Sackett.  Really a great story.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on May 30, 2012, 02:01:12 AM
Picking through the freebies I've loaded into my iPhone, I ran across "The Absence of Mr. Glass" by G.K. Chesterton.  Also still reading "The Man Who Was Thursday" by the same author.  Also just started "Searching for God Knows What" by Donald Miller.  I'm liking it better than "Blue Like Jazz".


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on May 30, 2012, 02:32:00 AM
Picking through the freebies I've loaded into my iPhone, I ran across "The Absence of Mr. Glass" by G.K. Chesterton.  Also still reading "The Man Who Was Thursday" by the same author.  Also just started "Searching for God Knows What" by Donald Miller.  I'm liking it better than "Blue Like Jazz".

Searching by Miller is great, though I likes Through Painted Deserts better. Didn't care for Jazz at all.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on June 03, 2012, 12:54:21 AM
Finished "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G.K. Chesterton.  Disappointed with the rather nonsense ending.  First book by him I haven't enjoyed through to the end.  Also finished "The Absence of Mr. Glass" by same author.  This is hardly a book, but more of a short story as it was presented in serial fashion back in the day.  Much more clever ending.  A nice tidy read on a 3 hour flight.  Also finished "Kings Cross" by Timothy Keller.  A new favorite author.

Started "Orthodoxy" by G.K. Chesterton.  I can tell I'm going to re-read this one many times.  Great book on apologetics.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 03, 2012, 03:23:14 AM
Finished "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G.K. Chesterton.  Disappointed with the rather nonsense ending.  First book by him I haven't enjoyed through to the end.  Also finished "The Absence of Mr. Glass" by same author.  This is hardly a book, but more of a short story as it was presented in serial fashion back in the day.  Much more clever ending.  A nice tidy read on a 3 hour flight.  Also finished "Kings Cross" by Timothy Keller.  A new favorite author.

Started "Orthodoxy" by G.K. Chesterton.  I can tell I'm going to re-read this one many times.  Great book on apologetics.
Read Orthodoxy twice in a row a few years back. Blew my mind.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 12, 2012, 06:12:41 PM
Reading The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. Been on the list a long time.  Lots of flowery language and long sentences. I like books like this from time to time.  But I've learned to spread out "classic" works. Helps to focus on them and give them the attention they deserve.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on June 12, 2012, 06:24:05 PM
Reading The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. Been on the list a long time.  Lots of flowery language and long sentences. I like books like this from time to time.  But I've learned to spread out "classic" works. Helps to focus on them and give them the attention they deserve.

Tried Cooper's "The Spy", and just couldn't keep the characters straight. I gave up after 80 pages or so.  Too many characters seemed like the same person; couldn't tell who was aligned with which side (apropos I suppose), couldn't tell who was in the family and who wasn't - all scenes in one house, etc.  Very confusing in fact.

I need to know who the good guy(s) and who the bad guy(s) is/are pretty quick, or at least fool me first, so that the twists feel like twists, instead of feeling that I'm lost in the mist.

-Scott


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 12, 2012, 06:45:28 PM
Tried Cooper's "The Spy", and just couldn't keep the characters straight. I gave up after 80 pages or so.  Too many characters seemed like the same person; couldn't tell who was aligned with which side (apropos I suppose), couldn't tell who was in the family and who wasn't - all scenes in one house, etc.  Very confusing in fact.

I need to know who the good guy(s) and who the bad guy(s) is/are pretty quick, or at least fool me first, so that the twists feel like twists, instead of feeling that I'm lost in the mist.

-Scott
I can see that. It's somewhat tough to keep things straight in Mohicans for the first few chapters.  Dickens can be like that for me too.  Another reason why I spread out classics.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Hooked on June 12, 2012, 06:48:12 PM
  Also finished "Kings Cross" by Timothy Keller.  A new favorite author.


I am a huge fan of Keller's work! "Generous Justice" is compelling as well. Just finished Steve Brown's "Three Free Sins" - Steve, Keller, and John Piper are my big three (among living Chrisitan authors).



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: cke on June 12, 2012, 07:18:03 PM
Clive Cussler 'Jungle


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on June 14, 2012, 12:55:09 PM
  Finished "The March UP" and starting a book by the same author. "No True Glory" by Bing West.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ducktrapper on June 14, 2012, 05:58:04 PM
I'm reading and very much enjoying The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. A twisted western that my best bud recommended highly and lent to me. You might like it. 


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: pflynn1325 on June 15, 2012, 01:04:35 AM
Pick up Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust by world renowned record producer and engineer Ken Scott. A great summer read!  :thumbsup


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: MC13 on June 15, 2012, 03:41:34 PM
Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking , by Susan Cain

Really an interesting book that digs into the dynamics of introverts and extroverts, how the 'Extrovert Ideal' became the model for success in life and in business, and how introverts can adapt in a world that continually calls for collaboration and team work, and which puts a premium on outward socialization.  The book also touches on models for learning in schools and raising shy, empathetic children.  As a introvert at heart this book really helped me reconcile what makes me happy and gives me energy, versus the adaptions I've made over the years to conform/succed in my career and community.  It's definitely worth a read which ever side of the intro/extro scale you're on, and since many of history's most creative people (musicians, artists, inventors, authors, scientists, etc,) were true introverts, I thought it good to raise awareness of the book here!


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on June 16, 2012, 11:47:44 AM
MC13, Looks interesting.  Thanks for the review.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on June 17, 2012, 12:15:21 AM
mc13, I just added that one to my Goodreads list based on your review.



Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Dru Edwards on June 17, 2012, 01:06:42 AM
I'm now on Stephen King's "Lisey's Story". I thought it would be a sleeper but half way through it's really interesting.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: rockstar_not on June 18, 2012, 04:47:14 AM
Read "The Cricket in Times Square" by George Selden.  Newberry winner fave from my childhood.  I remember a different ending, but still a nice walk down memory lane.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 18, 2012, 04:57:45 PM
Rereading Mere Christianity by CS Lewis for the umpteenth time.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on June 19, 2012, 10:18:42 PM
Read "The Cricket in Times Square" by George Selden.  Newberry winner fave from my childhood.  I remember a different ending, but still a nice walk down memory lane.

Aww, I remember loving that book.


Title: Re: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Strings4Him on June 19, 2012, 10:33:25 PM
A biography of Richard Hobson: A Faithful Pastor.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Danny on June 20, 2012, 02:36:04 AM
I finished No True Glory. I'm glad I read it, but the facts are very sad.
Storm on the horizon, by David Morris is next.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: Caleb on June 25, 2012, 08:53:38 PM
Just started A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I'm in chapter four and haven't been this fascinated in a long time with a new book. Can tell I'll be reading this one again, probably a few times.


Title: Re: books: what are you currently reading?
Post by: ryler on June 25, 2012, 10:01:40 PM
I LOVED A Wrinkle in Time.  Never thought of reading it as an adult.  Now that I hear you're into it, I may give it a re-read.  Meg and Charles Wallace...and the Tesseract...which I don't quite remember what it was. 

I am reading The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos.   Maybe I mentioned that already.  So far, it's very good. 


Title: Re: books: what are