Best books you've read recently??

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    Kafka is written by Haruki so I think he means Haruki :)
     
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    The Jerusalem Bible, which had Tolkein as an editor, has some good strong language value. . . that's "strong language" as "language which is evocative" rather than nasty words.
     
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    I spent part of last year reading War and Peace, and it was really just a let down. Just a long novel of moderate value. Much more can be had from any George Eliot novel or even Dostoevsky (although he plays to a younger crowd).
     
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    . . . at any rate, I'm currently parsing Dicken's The Old Curiosity Shoppe. Trying to get into a Dickens kick.
     
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    All mediocre novelists are alike; every great novelist is great in his own way.
     
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    Thread bump...apparently we're not a book reading group as r2's poast is most recent from 6 months ago!

    I'm finishing off "Exit Music" by Ian Rankin. It depicts DI John Rebus trying to solve a couple of murders as he readies himself for retirement from the Edinburgh PD. This was to be the last in the Rebus series but Rankin has resurrected the character for a newer work that I will set my sights on reading soon.

    The Rebus books are so informative about Edinburgh and Scotland that I didn't know if I should raise up the "Scotland tips" thread. Today's trip to the market included a bit of window shopping at the liquor store, looking at a few of the Scotch malts mentioned in the novels. Didn't buy but learned a bit!
     
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    I've seen a couple of the books' TV adaptations a while back. Sean Bean played Sharpe. Quite entertaining!
     
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    I read quite a bit of Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, Tippint Point, What The Dog Saw, Outliers, David and Goliath), Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Fooled by Randomness, Black Swan, Antifragile), Thomas Friedman (From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and The Olive Tree, The World is Flat, Hot, Flat and Crowded), Milton and Rose Friedman (The Age of Uncertainty, Free To Choose), Chris Anderson (The Long Tail), Mark J. Penn (Microtrends), Dan Ariely (The Upside of Irrationality), Steven D. Levitt & Stephen j. Dubner (Freakonomics), Tim Harford (Undercover Economist), Jostein Gaardner (Sophie's Welt), Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything), Christopher Hitchens (God is not Great), Robert Frank (Economic Naturalist), Burton G. Malkiel (A Random Walk Down Wall Street, From Wall Street to Great Wall), John Naisbitt (Mind Set), John Bogle (Character Counts), Jack Welch (Winning), etc.
     
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    The book on the greatest denial of modern times.
     
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    agreed. I just re-read John Knowles, 'A Separate Peace'. Gets better every time. I feel like it's one of those books that can tell you a lot about human interaction or human nature. Makes me introspective about my own relationships and how they shape me.
     
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    The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, the greatest book I've ever read. I read quite a lot of the classics(AP-Lit) and this is the best one there is. It's rather long though so if you guys don't have much time, it will probably take a while.
     
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    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
     
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    Enough by John Bogle
     
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    The Martian by Andy Weir, very good first novel.
     
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    Sword Point, by Harold Coyle.
    Rereading RA Salvatore's NeverWinter11 right now, I've read 14 of his books.
     
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    Read about 19 of John Grisham's novels, he's also come up with the ''Theodore Boone'' Kid Lawyer series.
     
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    Damn, I've created quite a "wormfest" with this thread bump! Very impressed!
     
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    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngosi Adichie. Fantastic reflections on race in England, Nigeria and America.
     
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    I'll share a story, hopefully brief enough to keep your attention...

    Right after starting my trek through Rankin's "Rebus" series, I offered a ride to a British bloke and his wife. They were Borders natives near Rebus' Scotland so I mentioned the books I was devouring quite quickly and he suggested if I liked a bit of suspense to try "The Millennium Trilogy". I mentioned I had tried "Dragon Tattoo" but gave up after a few chapters because of the author's slow-moving dissertation on Swedish internet-bubble era goings-on. He reassured me I need only plod through that a few pages for the intrigue to build up.

    After a nice tip at the end of the ride, I decided to take his advice. Voila! A month or so later, I had finished all three books in the series and was asking God "why did you take Stieg Larsson from us???" What an incredible set of books!
     
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    You know who really impresses me, Ken Follet!
    Takes 100 pages to embrace his books, but then you can't put it down.
     
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    Pillars of the Earth and JackDaws my most recent two Follet's.
     
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    "Pillars of the Earth", yes, it took a while to develop but was a great book!

    "Eye Of The Needle" and. "The Key To Rebecca" however grabbed me from page 1!
     
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    I loved the book and bought the miniseries.
     
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    The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies.
     
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    Hugh Howey: Silo

    I just had to read all the 600 or so pages in one session! :)
     
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    I did that this summer, they're great. Some of my students read the kids books.

    I just tore through most of the Lee Child books. His Jack Reacher novels are pretty entertaining.
     
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    Believe John Grisham's Theodore Boone series will be like the olden days' Hardy Boys? Very educational for aspiring (future) lawyers.

    Devoured lots of Tom Clancy novels as well, especially liked Rainbow Six.

    I'm trying to re-read the first book I've ever read from my dad's collection. ''The Evil That Men Do'' by R. Lance Hill. It was the book that got me started into reading novels.

    Nowadays, I'm more into Socio-Economic themed readings.
     
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    not the one I read recently but the one read when I was 19 ......probably nnot very know in the US....in italian "due di due" in english "two of Two" by De Carlo.
     
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    Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis. It was really bad but it did manage to leave me with a general feeling of disgust for the world.

    The recent headlines have convinced me that all his characters & their actions are based in truth.
     
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    Treason In The Blood by Anthony Cave Brown about the trecherous Philbys of England......fascinating reading.
     
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    The Tools and Techniques of Employee Benefit and Retirement Planning (13th Edition).
     
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    There are no coincidences in the world of Ian Rankin and his most famous character, DI John Rebus. This goes past the pages of his book and into my personal life:

    Today, I finally finished the 17th and what, at the time of publishing, was to be the last in the series of Rebus' capers as a homicide detective. I had delayed reading the book for almost two years because I dreaded having no more of the series to read. Then last year, almost magically, I met a lovely couple from Rankin's home town,Cardenden in Fife. Over a nice talk after shift, they told me Rankin was indeed bringing Rebus back in at least one more book so I was encouraged to get "back on the horse" and finish "Exit Music" to be ready for the next installment. Today, not more than five hours after closing the book, who did I run into after a year? My friendly pair from Cardenden! I am to meet them tomorrow when they will bring me the autographed copy from Mr. Rankin himself!:):):):)
     
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    The German Genius, by Peter Watson. . . an intellectual history of the intensive advanced scholarship done in Germany from the 1700s-1940s. Outrageous advances in the sciences! Stupendous dedication to research and thorough scholarship.
     
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    I guess this is a joke?


     
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    Circolo Matarese , best book from Ludlum by oceanic miles
     
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    Got my autographed copy of "Saints of the Shadow Bible" from my couple from Fife! Can't wait to read it but I may wait...it's the 19th installment in the Rebus series and the 18th is "Standing in Another Man's Grave" which I haven't read yet. If I can get it easily, that will be my next up!
     
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    Read 4 Dan Brown novels and couldn't be bothered with The Lost Symbol and Inferno (after reading Dante's Inferno [translated in English], why bother?). Once I read ''The Da Vinci Code'' I couldn't help but re-read ''The Holy Blood, The Holy Grail'' by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln.
     
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    Inferno was really very good. It was something of a different style for him and the plot line was very clever. The twist was very good. The Lost Symbol was kind of boring. They kept hiding the big secret of the book and when it was revealed it was somewhat underwhelming and a bit predictable.

    If you like Dan Brown maybe check out Steve Berry. He writes similar novels. They are very well researched and very interesting subject matter. The Romanov Prophecy and The Emperors Tomb are both pretty good reads.
     
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    Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
     
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    'Cradle To Cradle ' by William McDonough and Michael Braungart


    A how to make economic prosperity last and not cost us in taxes and stuff , in the process.
    Creativity as the way forward and fast.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do7QKK4G7bY
     
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    The Lost Symbol is like the Rule Of Four by Ian Caldwell?

    Ok, I just googled Inferno...still about Robert Langdon, hmm, so I guess I'll read it, thanks. I thought it's a retelling of Dante's...

    Will scour Steve Berry's books and decide.
     
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    It incorporates a lot of interesting history about Dante like his others do for Da Vinci etc. The plot though was genius, and it raises some very interesting social questions.
     
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    Look what you did here sir, haha, you should thank yourself for the infestations. Not the kind of infestation that is bound for eradication.;)
     
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    Hard or paperback?
     
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    Hardbound for keeps and paperbacks for infestations--no, garage sale.
     
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    I got a hard bound copy of "Standing in Another Man's Grave" by Rankin at the library. Already a third of the way through as it is on loan and due back by June 2. Would like to finish it and the autographed keeper copy of the most recent "Saints of the Shadow Bible" before our ultra busy weeks of RG and my convention schedule at the end of the month.
     

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