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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:05 pm

kenny the kangaroo has been on a pennsylvania/industrial kick the past few weeks. One of the books was by William Deitrich, the baller who donated like $200 million to Pitt before he died. The book was called something like "Eminent Pittsburghers" and was a collections of articles Deitrich wrote for a magazine. They were brief biographies of the titans of pittsburgh. Some of the articles were boring, but it was cool to learn about some lesser known names around Pittsburgh-Michael Benedum, Joe C Trees, etc. Those guys were ballers who got ish done.

Currently reading a book about the history of railroads in pennsylvania, and another one about the collapse of the penn central railroad.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby canaan on Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:27 pm

Troy Loney wrote:I finished Blood Meridian last weekend. I can't get into that prose, it might just be a little bit above me. My mind wanders off a bit and I floated through some parts. Although I will say, there are some really crazy, captivating passages in that book.

it does get faulkneresque in large deposits. its a book thats tailor-made for the big screen to give it a better sense of itself. id love to see Daniel Day-Lewis play the judge. It would be radical.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:50 pm

It's a shame Sam Peckinpah isn't around to shoot that movie.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby legame on Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:05 am

With the spring semester starting again, I have 28 books to read in the next 3 months.

First up for my "Roosevelt's World" seminar:

"The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America." It focuses on his work involving the conservation movement. As a huge Teddy nerd, I'm pretty excited.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Pavel Bure on Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:07 am

Batman: Knightfall Volume 1, pretty great so far. I don't know if I have the stamina to attack volume 2 yet but I've got quite a few flights coming up so we'll see.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Alejandro Rojas on Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:53 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Just finished Book 2 of Shadow Country...outstanding. Onto the last book


Are you reading this version?

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Country-Mo ... pd_sim_b_3
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:54 pm

Alejandro Rojas wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:Just finished Book 2 of Shadow Country...outstanding. Onto the last book


Are you reading this version?

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Country-Mo ... pd_sim_b_3


yes
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Alejandro Rojas on Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:57 pm

Purchased
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:20 pm

Just got two new books:

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

A Well-Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Loaf31 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:45 pm

Reading Paterno by Joe Posnanski.

About 100 pages in, so far it is a great book. I loved the little story as to how Jack Ham was recruited to PSU
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby the wicked child on Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:24 am

Finished up The Hobbit awhile back. Starting through the Silmarillion... not much easier to read than I recall the first time, at least in the early going. After this, I think I will stick to listening to Blind Guardian's Nightfall in Middle Earth for my First Age of Middle Earth fix. :pop:
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:07 pm

I'm done with my Murakami kick, I read Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood and the Wind up Bird Chronicle. The first two were stange highly entertaining coming of age stories, and the Wind up Bird was a crazy mystery novel. This poor guy had all this insane stuff happen to him, some consciously, some in the subconscious. He's just struggling to figure it out and who all these crazy people he keeps meeting have to do with it.

Reading Notes from the Underground now....i can't believe I didn't read this book back in college.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Pavel Bure on Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:31 am

Pavel Bure wrote:Batman: Knightfall Volume 1, pretty great so far. I don't know if I have the stamina to attack volume 2 yet but I've got quite a few flights coming up so we'll see.

Finished volume 2 and 3. It was pretty darn good but they totally cut out how Bruce's back gets fixed you just turn the page and all of a sudden there's Bruce no longer in a wheelchair.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Gaucho on Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:36 am

Currently reading Gotham Central and it's pretty damn good.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:50 am

Pavel Bure wrote:
Pavel Bure wrote:Batman: Knightfall Volume 1, pretty great so far. I don't know if I have the stamina to attack volume 2 yet but I've got quite a few flights coming up so we'll see.

Finished volume 2 and 3. It was pretty darn good but they totally cut out how Bruce's back gets fixed you just turn the page and all of a sudden there's Bruce no longer in a wheelchair.


No Mans Land next? Are you going through and trying to read them in order? It took me about 2 years to finally catch up on all the graphic novels up through Grant Morrisons run and now I'm up to new 52 reboot. Went through the 1st year reading Batman, Detective, Dark Knight, and Batman and Robin. It's tough keeping up, I probably have 4 months of comics at the comic store, I think I may stop getting the weekly trades and go back to waiting for the graphic novels.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby canaan on Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:32 am

http://filer.case.edu/dts8/thelastq.htm
the last question by Asimov...read it if you've a couple minutes
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby LeopardLetang on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:39 am

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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:45 pm

My friend just gave me the first 8 books in the Wheel of Time series...here we go
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Gaucho on Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:19 pm

Has/did (which is it?) anyone read Essex County by Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire? It's a trilogy of graphic novels dealing with rural life in Ontario and naturally involves a lot of hockey. It really is quite good.

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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby pens9192 on Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:31 pm

"Timeline" by Michael Crichton. After this done, I will have read all of Crichton's fiction novels. I wish he was still around. Great author.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Big Easy Pens Fan on Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:14 pm

Just finished John Grisham's The Associate. Excellent in the Grisham tradition. Of course, I'm a big fan of "lawyer" stories, so I might not be the best book reviewer in this case. :pop:

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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Shyster on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:05 pm

Big Easy Pens Fan wrote:Just finished John Grisham's The Associate. Excellent in the Grisham tradition. Of course, I'm a big fan of "lawyer" stories, so I might not be the best book reviewer in this case. :pop:

I am dubious how any book that makes the practice of law seem interesting and exciting could possibly have any relation to real life.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby legame on Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:50 am

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Kraftster on Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:43 pm

Kraftster wrote:Got Mortality (Hitchens) from my mom today. Hoping to read it this weekend.

Incidentally, she's working on a similar book herself right now that I will likely be promoting on here in a few months.


My mom's book is complete, and I think she did an excellent job. Honest introspection on mortality, the fragility of the human psyche, and finding meaning and fulfillment in life. She's very excited about it. Pick one up if you think you might enjoy it.

Who Will Make the Pies When I'm Gone?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:13 am

shafnutz05 wrote:My friend just gave me the first 8 books in the Wheel of Time series...here we go


I am now a fair bit into the 2nd book in the series (there are 14 total). Great, great stuff. For anyone that loves the epic fantasy-type novels, I really couldn't recommend it more.
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