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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby IrishEyes on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:14 pm

Decided that I should read some classics that I never have, and luckily, most of them are available online for free. I just don't know whether to start with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby neophool on Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:37 am

just got "Pale blue dot" by carl sagan from my parents - can't wait to read it.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:30 am

Anyone ever read The Wardstone Chronicles/The Last Apprentice? Looks like they get pretty good reviews, sound interesting for a young adult series. Just bought the first one for $1, hopefully they are decent

http://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Witch-The-Last-Apprentice/dp/0060766182
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:37 am

Just started It
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:38 am

shafnutz05 wrote:Just started It


The last apprentice?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:46 am

eddysnake wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:Just started It


The last apprentice?


It
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:06 am

shafnutz05 wrote:
eddysnake wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:Just started It


The last apprentice?


It


oh... :oops:
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:07 am

:lol:
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Gaucho on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:11 am

Do you read it/It for the first time?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Loaf31 on Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:03 pm

Wow..... Just finished The Walking Dead Compendium 1.... What an ending, now I just need to get the other volumes because I know that I cannot wait until fall for Compendium 2
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:17 am

Just finished It (the book, Gaucho). Man...what an incredible read. Outside of Dark Tower, arguably King's best book, IMO.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Froggy on Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:51 am

shafnutz05 wrote:Just finished It (the book, Gaucho). Man...what an incredible read. Outside of Dark Tower, arguably King's best book, IMO.


Yeah I agree with this 100%. I understand why the TV movie was what it was, but the book is so much better. Not an easy read, as it's like 1500 pages, and jumps around a lot... But I think it's easily King's best "horror" book.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:55 am

Froggy wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:Just finished It (the book, Gaucho). Man...what an incredible read. Outside of Dark Tower, arguably King's best book, IMO.


Yeah I agree with this 100%. I understand why the TV movie was what it was, but the book is so much better. Not an easy read, as it's like 1500 pages, and jumps around a lot... But I think it's easily King's best "horror" book.


Spoiler:
Agreed. One thing that King does a great job is making you get attached to the characters, and he doesn't disappoint here. The last 100 pages or so are just incredible. I normally get irritated with books that jump back and forth between the past and the future, but it was done perfectly.

And yes, Pennywise is the scariest villain I can think of.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Gaucho on Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:58 am

I loved It. Hey, when I asked if you read it for the first time it was a serious question.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Froggy on Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:12 am

I think it took me an entire summer to get through It. Yeah, but the last couple hundred pages, I couldn't put it down. The way that the flashbacks resolved intercut with them as adults, and how they sort of paralleled... extremely well done. my biggest problem with the TV movie (and I have MANY problems with it] is how they.split it up into two stories instead of intertwining the stories like in the book. That, and without context, the whole giant spider thing makes no sense.

The giant spider at the end of the TV movie is like if they would have left the squid bomb in the watchmen movie without explaining the psychics on the island.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby IrishEyes on Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:39 am

Currently reading a book I downloaded for free called "Diary of a Serial Killer." It's freaking incredible.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby AlexPKeaton on Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:12 am

Decided to read Hunger Games on a recommendation. The first 2/3 was actually pretty good but now the romance YA crap is bringing it down near the end.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby itissteeltime on Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:16 am

Can anyone recommend anything to me?

I'm not an avid reader, but I really only like non-fiction. I like intense stories. The two most recent books I read were 'A Captains Duty' about that American boat that was taken over by Somali Pirates, and 'Not Without Hope' about the 3 football players who go on a fishing boat and only 1 returns.

Those are the kinds of books im looking for. True stories that are intense. Any ideas?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby AlexPKeaton on Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:29 am

You would probably like the Tom Clancy novels. Try Red Storm Rising.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Ossa on Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:34 am

itissteeltime wrote:Can anyone recommend anything to me?

I'm not an avid reader, but I really only like non-fiction. I like intense stories. The two most recent books I read were 'A Captains Duty' about that American boat that was taken over by Somali Pirates, and 'Not Without Hope' about the 3 football players who go on a fishing boat and only 1 returns.

Those are the kinds of books im looking for. True stories that are intense. Any ideas?


I just finished Son Of Hamas and i thought it was pretty interesting. You'll probably like it if your into intense non-fiction books plus it is still relevant today and provides an inside look into the Israel/Middle East conflict.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:47 am

Watched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy last night. really wanted to read the book before I saw the movie, but it didn't work out. Anyone read this or anything else from John le Carre?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:48 pm

Gaucho wrote:I loved It. Hey, when I asked if you read it for the first time it was a serious question.


I know :)
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Shyster on Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:42 pm

itissteeltime wrote:I'm not an avid reader, but I really only like non-fiction. I like intense stories. The two most recent books I read were 'A Captains Duty' about that American boat that was taken over by Somali Pirates, and 'Not Without Hope' about the 3 football players who go on a fishing boat and only 1 returns.

Those are the kinds of books im looking for. True stories that are intense. Any ideas?

You might like the WWII naval-history books by James D. Hornfischer. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is about the Battle off Samar in WWII. It was a battle that pitted a handful of U.S. destroyers, destroyer escorts, and tiny escort carriers against a Japanese fleet that included 4 battleships (including the super-battleship Yamato), 8 cruisers, and 11 destroyers. If the Japanese won, they would have had unimpeded access to attack the transports carrying the U.S. invasion force for the Philippines. Ship of Ghosts is about the survivors of the U.S.S. Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese early in the war. The survivors were captured by the Japanese and many of them suffered brutal treatment in captivity, including being used as slave labor to build the Burma Railway (which included the (in)famous “bridge over the River Kwai”). Neptune’s Inferno is about the brutal battles between the Japanese and U.S. fleets over the waters surrounding Guadalcanal, many of them night battles. So many ships on both sides were sunk in the battles that the waters north of Guadalcanal were quickly nicknamed “Ironbottom Sound.” Hornfischer is a great writer and has meticulously researched his topics. He doesn’t spare the details, and some of them aren’t pretty at all. It’s pretty hard to sink a warship, for example, and the level of damage you need to inflict also causes horrible casualties to the men on board. I found each of these books to be quite gripping.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Hockeynut! on Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:59 pm

For IT to be done right as a movie, it should be a 1 or 2 season series on HBO/Showtime or some similar channel. It's not a story that can be told in 2 or 4 hours. The book creates this wonderful, malevolent universe in Derry and the movie dropped that completely. Plus, by dropping most of the child murders, most of the "horror" was lost.

I finished 11/22/63 last week. I loved it. Started Blue Highways this week.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Admin on Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:00 pm

itissteeltime wrote:Can anyone recommend anything to me?

I'm not an avid reader, but I really only like non-fiction. I like intense stories. The two most recent books I read were 'A Captains Duty' about that American boat that was taken over by Somali Pirates, and 'Not Without Hope' about the 3 football players who go on a fishing boat and only 1 returns.

Those are the kinds of books im looking for. True stories that are intense. Any ideas?

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
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