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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #690 on: June 16, 2010, 06:29:17 PM »
Reading Terry Eagleton's Literary Theory. Love it.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #691 on: June 16, 2010, 07:00:20 PM »
Reading Will Self's "Great Apes."

Excellent novel.
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #692 on: June 24, 2010, 12:14:14 AM »
Reading Will Self's "Great Apes."

Excellent novel.

I almost picked that up about a half dozen times over the past 10 years.  Let me know if it ends well, and if so, you can send me your copy!
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #693 on: June 24, 2010, 04:58:06 PM »
Whew!  A bad month for reading.

Finished the beautiful Shadow of the Silk Road, and now 100 pages into Lost City of Z.

From the history's mysteries thread:
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Anyway, I've got "Lost City of Z" on my Amazon Wishlist, and the more I read about it the more I really want to get it in me.  So, a new one for this thread:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Fawcett

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Along with his son, Fawcett disappeared under unknown circumstances in 1925 during an expedition to find what he believed to be an ancient lost city in the uncharted jungles of Brazil. Just such a city has indeed recently been found at the latitude,longitude coordinates

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_City_of_Z_%28book%29

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/earth-environment/article6982391.ece

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2004/mar/21/research.brazil

And I love that Fawcett (and all those hundreds of people that died in his footsteps) were right:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=lost-amazon-cities

Except...I guess that would have been a let down when one is expecting a golden palace.

The book is great.  The through-line is that David Grann is sort of a bumbling writer not cut out for a hike in the woods next to his house, let alone a trek through the Amazon.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #694 on: June 25, 2010, 05:57:36 PM »
I'm starting the Dark Tower series... I'm currently on The Gunslinger.  Not a bad read so far.  It is a little slow going, but I have heard good things and trust it will get better.
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #695 on: June 25, 2010, 06:44:39 PM »
Every person I know who swears by the Dark Tower (about four people, actually...) are always trying to get me to read it.  I started Gunslinger but just couldn't get into it.  Then I was told "You just have to get through the first three books.  After that, it's just awesome!"  Talk about your slow starts.
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #696 on: June 26, 2010, 10:11:28 AM »
Every person I know who swears by the Dark Tower (about four people, actually...) are always trying to get me to read it.  I started Gunslinger but just couldn't get into it.  Then I was told "You just have to get through the first three books.  After that, it's just awesome!"  Talk about your slow starts.

I'm right with you, Cass. I've tried to read it twice and can't do it.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #697 on: June 27, 2010, 02:20:05 PM »
Don't worry.  If you can just make it through the first horribly written 5000 pages then, like Under the Dome, you'll find yourself compelled to force your way through the next horribly written 5000 pages, chewing on your tongue and squirming in your seat the entire time. And, when finished, you'll forever think less of yourself.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #698 on: July 03, 2010, 03:07:28 PM »
I'm reading Stefan Aust's Baader-Meinhof: Inside the RAF. It's weird because it's far more critical of the RAF than the movie, which Aust co-wrote, is.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #699 on: July 04, 2010, 03:26:30 AM »
So, just finished "Great Apes" which disappointed with a bit of a cop-out ending.

Before that was Thomas Pynchon's "V" which I found to be somewhat hit and miss, "A Country Doctor's Notebook" by Bulgakov which was great, Catch 22 which I loved and before that the very enjoyable "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

What next?

Re-read LOTR or shop around for something new?
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #700 on: July 05, 2010, 02:53:44 PM »
read that book about Moonshiners.  I can't remember the author or the title.  Nacho knows. 

Or, I can't stop recommending these books to people all the time:

The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth
Please Kill Me: the Uncensored oral history of Punk by Legs McNeil
Dispatches by Michael Herr - the best vietnam book ever
White Noise by Don Delillo
Being Dead by Jim Crace

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #701 on: July 05, 2010, 04:30:27 PM »
"The Black Swan" is a huge fucking turd. http://readernaut.com/guywithabike/notes/17797/

I've moved on to "Diary of a Very Bad Year" which is dense, but compelling. I need to bone up on my knowledge of the big crash because, man, defining moment of my mid-20s and I'm all derp derp derp.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #702 on: July 05, 2010, 04:30:58 PM »
I mean, I listened to the This American Life / Planet Money recap of the crisis, so I'm pretty much an expert. But I'm polishing off my thinking cap.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #703 on: July 05, 2010, 07:05:53 PM »
"The Black Swan" is a huge fucking turd. http://readernaut.com/guywithabike/notes/17797/

I've moved on to "Diary of a Very Bad Year" which is dense, but compelling. I need to bone up on my knowledge of the big crash because, man, defining moment of my mid-20s and I'm all derp derp derp.
You should read some John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff. http://www.amazon.com/Great-Financial-Crisis-Causes-Consequences/dp/1583671846/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278367522&sr=8-3

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #704 on: July 05, 2010, 07:39:16 PM »
read that book about Moonshiners.  I can't remember the author or the title.  Nacho knows. 

Or, I can't stop recommending these books to people all the time:

The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth
Please Kill Me: the Uncensored oral history of Punk by Legs McNeil
Dispatches by Michael Herr - the best vietnam book ever
White Noise by Don Delillo
Being Dead by Jim Crace



Moonshiners book is "Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant.

I second the True Adventures of the Rolling Stones.  And also pick up Lost City of Z.  It's awesome.  And a fast read.