Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by TheCanadian, Feb 12, 2012.
Just finishing Vanity Fair.
Next up is Siddhartha
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
The last book I read was Unmasked an autobiography on Kane Hodder. I've a big fan of the Friday the 13th movies and Kane Hodder played Jason Voorhees in 4 Friday the 13ths. It also discussed his life as a professional stuntman and about his struggles after a serious burn injury among other things.
One Last Thing Before I go by Jonathan Tropper, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, and the second Johannes Cabal book. Enjoyed all three, Anansi Boys especially. Yeah, I've had a lot of free time on my hands lately.
Now on to The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss.
the black company by gleen cook is sublime
For the love of hops...
lord of the rings the return of the king
Just finiished "FightingChance" by WilliamDietz.
Now finishing ValhallaRising by Cussler.
Rage is back by Adam Mansbach
Momofu*u - Milk Bar
Peter Atkins "Reactions"
I bought the book, haven't started reading it yet. It is an up close look at atoms in chemical reactions.
Just started catch 22 seems good so far
"The Winter of Our Discontent" by Steinbeck. I've been on a tear lately, reading through East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, Tortilla Flat, and Of Mice and Men.
Steinbeck is one of my favorites
I once read about 150 pages of that, but just could not push myself any further
Is this the Hermanne Hesse one ? Yuck, it was disgusting. from what i recall the author imagines all kind of sexual stuff -- it seemed like a ...what do you call it ... dramatization ?
The Party's Over by Lofgren - good read whatever one's opinions. Am finishing up a biography of James Madison by Ralph Ketcham.
Right now I’m reading the Knights Templar series by Michael Jecks, set in the 1300. The principle character is Sir Baldwin Furnshill who is a former Knights Templar and Keeper of the King's Peace, and his friend the bailiff of Lydford Castle, Simon Puttock. It’s set in moorlands of Devan England. The books are great with the plots and how life was lead during this time from the richest to the lowly. Sir Baldwin is like a medieval Holmes with Simon being his Watson.
Just finishing The Weathy Barber Returns by David Chilton, now back to The 3rd Alternative by Stephen Covey.
Just finished "Third Gate" by Lincoln Child
The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom
Lost Season by Phil Jackson about the 2003-2004 lakers who lost in a 5 game series to detroit pistons. Great read
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
One of the best books I've ever read.
The Little Hero by Andrew Croft. Now reading God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens.
Have you read Lincoln Child's other stuff? I've read pretty much everything he & Douglas Preston have written, although their first, 'Relic' is still my favorite.
I just finished re-reading 'Winter of the World', by Ken Follett. This is the 2nd installment of his 'Century Trilogy' series and covers the events leading up to WWII through a few years after WWII ('Fall of Giants' covered WWI). Great read if you enjoy historical fiction.
Death Of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
I had to read it for school. It was horrible!
All quiet on the western front
Got 2 books yesterday:
The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox + somebody
Quantum Physics by Alastair Rae
These British guys know how to write.
The Vatican Diaries, by Thavis, the CNS correspondent. Nice insights into how the place works, or doesn't work.
John Lewis, Metallurgic Engineering
Foundations in Chemistry
Blanchard and Wade (1914)
Section on Thermit (thermite) welding of iron and steel at 3500 C
is well done,,Sun temp is 6000 C
Finished the first one. Reading the second one. But having to look up parts of the first one again.
I love how Brian Cox subtly screws those who try to attach religious or philosophical meanings to quantum mechanics (Feynman did the same), calling it drivel in one place. I knew it was coming when I read this review on amazon.com (the woolly/Wu Li reference is to one of those metaphysical books, The Dancing Wu Li Masters):
The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Eastern mysticism, and woolly pronouncements on the interconnectedness of all things. Cox and Forshaw’s contention? There is no need for quantum mechanics to be viewed this way. There is a lot of mileage in the “weirdness” of the quantum world, and it often leads to confusion and, frankly, bad science. The Quantum Universe cuts through the Wu Li and asks what observations of the natural world made it necessary, how it was constructed, and why we are confident that, for all its apparent strangeness, it is a good theory.
I would encourage everyone to read this book, and any reputed book on evolution. It will permanently remove your gullibility to politicians and holy men.
The last three I finished:
A Memory of Light- Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
The Daylight War- Peter V. Brett
The Hypnotist- Lars Keplar
Currently in limbo searching for something worth a time investment.
"Physics for the Rest of Us" by Roger Jones, formerly a physics professor at U of Minnesota. Intended to clarify for general interest readers things like general and special relativity, quantum mechanics, etc. It does a lousy job, explains things poorly, would not recommend it.
Commander in Chief by Pierre Salinger.
Currently reading David Halberstam's 1964.
^^ Halberstam wrote some terrific sports books as well. What an awful death 5 years ago -- he was being driven to a lecture he was to give by a Berkely grad student given the honor of picking him up. The student made a left into oncoming traffic and a car slammed into the car where Halberstam was sitting.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
I am familiar with the intersection. What the student did was beyond stupid. He was on what is essentially a divided highway coming off the Dumbarton Bridge. There is a turn to a road the leads to Palo Alto which has two left turn lanes and a turn signal light. He missed the turn lanes and turned left from the left most through lane against the light into oncoming traffic (50mph+). Ironlc that Halberstam survived all those years reporting in Vietnam but could not survive SF Bay Area traffic. I think the student, a writer now, got three months probation. Halberstam was on his way to interview YA Tittle in Palo Alto about the Colts/Giants sudden death NFL Championship Game in 1958. (Tittle played for the Niners that year.)
The Panther - Nelson demille
Die Trying - Lee child
How was this book? I have read up to Knife of Dreams but gave up on them.
You and I are probably not the best judge for this kind of book. It is probably targeted to the people who barely studied science 20 years ago in high school and never used it again or read about it.
^^ I think the gold standard for such a book is the one called something like "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by the gifted travel writer Bill Bryson. Super entertaining and super informative book about various aspects of science, read it some years ago. The part about what we can expect when Yellowstone eventually explodes is particularly gripping reading.
Just finishing a WilliamCDietz "Legion of the Damned", and already started a RA Salvatore Drizzit "Lone Drow", while in the middle of a Cussler "Trojan Odessy".
I am reading 'Gangsters without borders' by TW Ward, an ethnography of the Mara Salvatrucha gang.
This is my fav series from Salvatore. I still read the Forgotten Realms novels.
Cool, I've read Drizzit's 1 thru 7, and then 9.
Just bought "LoneDrow" this week. Love ArtemisEntriri character.
Not wild about Wufgar or the Regis the useless.
My library is about to have their annual book fair and I can get some sweet deals on these old books.
yeah, for a poor person like myself, 8 bucks is a lot to spend...
I do have a bud who reads the same genre', but buys his books at the 1/2 price book store, but he's into Dietz now, and reads one book at a time.
I get most of my used books on-line from the Better World site. They have a lot of out of print books. I paid like ten bucks for the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.
Yeah, read the first two if those couple years ago, but I like more space science fiction.
I hit the thrift stores from time to time, looking for Cusslers, Clancy's, Crichtons, and Coyles.
I guess the last big series I read was The Game Of Thrones books. I don’t know how I missed these when they first came out, but it was nice not having to wait five years in between each book.
There are three more after "Knife of Dreams". Robert Jordan passed away so Brandon Sanderson wrote the last three. They are all awesome, the story finally starts to move along. I nearly gave up during "Winter's Heart". I am so glad I kept with them, the last three are very well done.
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