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Current book being read/just finished

Postby rosey6629 on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:04 am

We have a thread for video games and movies, so why not books?

I just finished "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts"

one of the saddest things I've ever read. (don't mean that in a bad way, it was very touching). Chris had a lot of demons. What I found most sad was that he was clean for 3 years before going on a year long binge that ultimately killed him.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Kraftster on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:08 am

Physics of the Impossible - Michio Kaku

First Kindle book I bought. Its taking me forever to read it - have just been too busy and playoff hockey takes priority.

Cool book so far. I was surprised how technical some of it was already. Comparing it to other geared-towards-all-readers physics books that I've read it seems to presume a good bit of knowledge on the part of the reader in some spots.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Gaucho on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:18 am

Invisible by Paul Auster. I think it's the worst novel he's ever written.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby AlexPKeaton on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:18 am

Finished the first Greg Mandel book from my favorite modern Sci-Fi author, Peter F. Hamilton. It was no where near as quality as his Commonwealth Universe series of books which are the best sci-fi I have read by someone who is not one of the pillars. But it was the first book he ever published 20 years ago. I plan on reading everything he has out.

The book before this was Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which was average, nothing great and not bad.

Right now I bought some Fantasy book on an impulse book from my kindle cause it had a crap ton of reviews. "The Name of the Wind". Not too far in, but it is fairly decent. Not gritty enough for my tastes these days though.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Admin on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:18 am

Currently reading: "With the Old Breed" by E.B. Sledge (one of the books The Pacific mini-series is based on).

Prior book: "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman" by Jon Krakauer
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:28 am

Currently: A clash of Kings

prior book: A game of Thrones

I have about 6 other books I wanted to read, but they seem to be getting put on hold until Song of Fire and Ice is finished, can't put these down...
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby freq019 on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:33 am

Current Read The Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum
Previous read The Scorpio Illusion by Robert Ludlum
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby PensFanInDC on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:36 am

Current - 1 Kings
Previous - 2 Samuel
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Point Breeze Penguins on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:38 am

Just finished:

"The Infinite Merit of Christ: The Glory of Christ's Obedience in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards" by Craig Biehl

Next:

"Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Critique of Dispensationalism" by John H. Gerstner, Ph.D
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby tjand72 on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:49 am

Currently reading James Rollins' Amazonia.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby crayz on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:00 am

Vince Flynn - Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp book 6)
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby The Garbageman on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:09 am

Currently Reading:
The Bullpen Gospels
A Game of Thrones

Recently Read:
Soccernomics
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:11 am

crayz wrote:Vince Flynn - Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp book 6)


Mitch Rapp = Jack Bauer
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Admin on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:19 am

The Garbageman wrote:Recently Read: Soccernomics

Ha, full title per Amazon is "Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport."

Good read?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:19 am

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original edition. my senior capstone professor was moving to california and was offering us free reign over all of his books in his office so he didnt have to move them. no one else went but i figured what the hell. saw this book and grabbed because cryptozoology is pretty neat to me and i was looking on amazon and the original editions are selling for 200 bucks :thumb:

also grabbed some darwinism books i am excited to read this summer
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby llipgh2 on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:21 am

I just started Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables".

I was looking for a book to read the other night, saw it on my bookcase and realized I've never read it.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby The Garbageman on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:28 am

Admin wrote:
The Garbageman wrote:Recently Read: Soccernomics

Ha, full title per Amazon is "Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport."

Good read?


Very good. It's interesting to see arguments backed up with statistics being applied to a sport that generally doesn't use them, at least publicly. The chapters on the what it takes to have a great national team I found interesting also.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:31 am

The Garbageman wrote:
Admin wrote:
The Garbageman wrote:Recently Read: Soccernomics

Ha, full title per Amazon is "Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport."

Good read?


Very good. It's interesting to see arguments backed up with statistics being applied to a sport that generally doesn't use them, at least publicly. The chapters on the what it takes to have a great national team I found interesting also.


Did you read that outliers book? The introduction explains why the structure of youth hockey creates a bias against kids born later in the year. It talks about youth hockey and the coaching/training some kids receive and how being born early in the year puts you against younger kids and you look better, hence get the special attention....pretty cool and substantial.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby MWB on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:38 am

Admin wrote:Prior book: "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman" by Jon Krakauer


Very interesting book; read it a few months ago. I really like Krakauer.

Currently reading K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain. I certainly don't climb mountains, but it's interesting to read about.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Admin on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:42 am

MWB wrote:
Admin wrote:Prior book: "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman" by Jon Krakauer


Very interesting book; read it a few months ago. I really like Krakauer.

Currently reading K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain. I certainly don't climb mountains, but it's interesting to read about.

I went on a mountain-climbing book binge after reading Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." Mostly Everest books, though.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Point Breeze Penguins on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:50 am

Troy Loney wrote:

Very good. It's interesting to see arguments backed up with statistics being applied to a sport that generally doesn't use them, at least publicly. The chapters on the what it takes to have a great national team I found interesting also.


Did you read that outliers book? The introduction explains why the structure of youth hockey creates a bias against kids born later in the year. It talks about youth hockey and the coaching/training some kids receive and how being born early in the year puts you against younger kids and you look better, hence get the special attention....pretty cool and substantial.


Very interesting.

I know from experience that the same things you note above about hockey is true as well in soccer. My dad always said if he could go back he would make me stay in the womb for another couple weeks so that I could have be the oldest in my age group instead of the youngest.

On a side note the selection process for Olympic Development Program in soccer in the U.S. is extremely biased.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby beerman on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:51 am

Just finished - 100 Pittsburgh Sports Arguments

Currently reading - Alle-Kiski Sports History: A Century of sports in Western Pennsylvania
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:52 am

theres a book about alle kiski sports history?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby The Garbageman on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:53 am

Did you read that outliers book? The introduction explains why the structure of youth hockey creates a bias against kids born later in the year. It talks about youth hockey and the coaching/training some kids receive and how being born early in the year puts you against younger kids and you look better, hence get the special attention....pretty cool and substantial.


Nope. I just read the wiki and it looks good. It may be up next.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby beerman on Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:55 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:theres a book about alle kiski sports history?


yeah it just came out this year http://www.amazon.com/Alle-Kiski-Sports ... 858&sr=1-1

I worked with the guy that wrote it over the summer when I was shadowing at some local newspapers a few years back. I'm only a few chapters in but it's a good read so far.
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