The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1851 Post by Dawson » 10 Sep 2015, 00:57

Finished 2 books in the last 2 weeks

HeadHunters - Anyone who has seen the film, no need to touch the book. It is a very good adaption, in actual fact one of the few times the film is better than the book, and the book is pretty darn good.

The Martian - I literally laughed out loud on the bus reading this on the way to work. And I actually liked the traffic jams as i could read more. Hilarious, clever, witty. Can't wait for the movie!

Need my next series to really get into
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1852 Post by Dawson » 24 Sep 2015, 11:48

Found my next book. Being from UK for us it was never really a classic but finally reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. Don't judge me!

(Amazing book so far can't believe I never read)
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1853 Post by sldawgs » 24 Sep 2015, 12:15

Dawson wrote:Found my next book. Being from UK for us it was never really a classic but finally reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. Don't judge me!

(Amazing book so far can't believe I never read)
I'm sure there is a classic UK book they teach in school there that we haven't read. The only reason some of us read To Kill and Mockingbird was because of school.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1854 Post by Scruluce » 24 Sep 2015, 12:51

sldawgs wrote:
Dawson wrote:Found my next book. Being from UK for us it was never really a classic but finally reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. Don't judge me!

(Amazing book so far can't believe I never read)
I'm sure there is a classic UK book they teach in school there that we haven't read. The only reason some of us read To Kill and Mockingbird was because of school.
It's on my to-do list (reading that book, not judging Dawson)
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1855 Post by Steel Frog » 24 Sep 2015, 13:01

Scruluce wrote:
sldawgs wrote:
Dawson wrote:Found my next book. Being from UK for us it was never really a classic but finally reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. Don't judge me!

(Amazing book so far can't believe I never read)
I'm sure there is a classic UK book they teach in school there that we haven't read. The only reason some of us read To Kill and Mockingbird was because of school.
It's on my to-do list (reading that book, not judging Dawson)
Well, I've read Mockingbird twice, so I guess judging Dawson moves to the head of my queue.

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1856 Post by Dawson » 24 Sep 2015, 13:13

Steel Frog wrote:
Scruluce wrote:
sldawgs wrote:
Dawson wrote:Found my next book. Being from UK for us it was never really a classic but finally reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. Don't judge me!

(Amazing book so far can't believe I never read)
I'm sure there is a classic UK book they teach in school there that we haven't read. The only reason some of us read To Kill and Mockingbird was because of school.
It's on my to-do list (reading that book, not judging Dawson)
Well, I've read Mockingbird twice, so I guess judging Dawson moves to the head of my queue.
I knew as I typed it it was wrong! Im only 5 chapters in but it is a genius book. I read a lot. Probably around a book a week. This is just superbly written. The kind of skill only comes along once a generation at most.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1857 Post by justdrewit » 27 Sep 2015, 21:49

Dawson wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:
Scruluce wrote:
sldawgs wrote:
Dawson wrote:Found my next book. Being from UK for us it was never really a classic but finally reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. Don't judge me!

(Amazing book so far can't believe I never read)
I'm sure there is a classic UK book they teach in school there that we haven't read. The only reason some of us read To Kill and Mockingbird was because of school.
It's on my to-do list (reading that book, not judging Dawson)
Well, I've read Mockingbird twice, so I guess judging Dawson moves to the head of my queue.
I knew as I typed it it was wrong! Im only 5 chapters in but it is a genius book. I read a lot. Probably around a book a week. This is just superbly written. The kind of skill only comes along once a generation at most.
This reminds me, has anyone read the sequel? Should I?
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1858 Post by Mazer » 16 Oct 2015, 10:34

justdrewit wrote:
Dawson wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:
Scruluce wrote:
sldawgs wrote:
Dawson wrote:Found my next book. Being from UK for us it was never really a classic but finally reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. Don't judge me!

(Amazing book so far can't believe I never read)
I'm sure there is a classic UK book they teach in school there that we haven't read. The only reason some of us read To Kill and Mockingbird was because of school.
It's on my to-do list (reading that book, not judging Dawson)
Well, I've read Mockingbird twice, so I guess judging Dawson moves to the head of my queue.
I knew as I typed it it was wrong! Im only 5 chapters in but it is a genius book. I read a lot. Probably around a book a week. This is just superbly written. The kind of skill only comes along once a generation at most.
This reminds me, has anyone read the sequel? Should I?
No. Clearly a rough draft and a lot of the details of Mockingbird are changed, which make me think that the stories that Lee didn't want it published are true. Also, it's not good enough for there to be any benefit in reading it.

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1859 Post by Dawson » 20 Oct 2015, 02:01

Finished To Kill a Mockingbird. Damn, no idea how I never read that. Next will be Of mice and Men, Catcher in the Rye.

Now I'm reading the Forever War, great sci-fi with just a small hint of Vietnam.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1860 Post by sldawgs » 20 Oct 2015, 06:44

Dawson wrote:Finished To Kill a Mockingbird. Damn, no idea how I never read that. Next will be Of mice and Men, Catcher in the Rye.

Now I'm reading the Forever War, great sci-fi with just a small hint of Vietnam.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1861 Post by Batman » 20 Oct 2015, 07:29

sldawgs wrote:
Dawson wrote:Finished To Kill a Mockingbird. Damn, no idea how I never read that. Next will be Of mice and Men, Catcher in the Rye.

Now I'm reading the Forever War, great sci-fi with just a small hint of Vietnam.
Don't let J.D. Salinger get to you, man. Don't go all conspiracy theory on us.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1862 Post by Buckykatt » 20 Oct 2015, 17:28

Of Mice and Men, absolutely. Catcher--so much less. I think Catcher is a book you have to encounter for the first time at a very specific point in your life--when you're an asshole 13-15 yr who is sure no one understands you. People who find it then love it, and often love it for a lifetime. If you encounter it as an adult, it seems very different (or did to me. I generally dislike Salinger anyway, though, so YMMV)

I will also share a quote that made me laugh--a piece about campus sex which actually talked to real students (rather than trotting out quasi-anecdotal opinions of 40 yr olds who all proclaim hook up culture to be the deadening destroyer of worlds)--a young woman said, when a potential partner said that he "related" to Holden Caulfield: "You just told me so much about what this experience would have been like, and I am not interested." :)

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#1863 Post by » 20 Oct 2015, 18:46

Buckykatt wrote: I will also share a quote that made me laugh--a piece about campus sex which actually talked to real students (rather than trotting out quasi-anecdotal opinions of 40 yr olds who all proclaim hook up culture to be the deadening destroyer of worlds)--a young woman said, when a potential partner said that he "related" to Holden Caulfield: "You just told me so much about what this experience would have been like, and I am not interested." :)
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1864 Post by Steel Frog » 19 Dec 2015, 09:09

Just finished Ready Player One. Very enjoyable. Thank you for the loaner, JJ. Now my daughter wants to read it, too.

Did anybody else here picture Bill in the lead role?

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#1865 Post by Middle » 05 Jan 2016, 01:00

Steel Frog wrote:Just finished Ready Player One. Very enjoyable. Thank you for the loaner, JJ. Now my daughter wants to read it, too.

Did anybody else here picture Bill in the lead role?
I'm blazing through this. Absolutely loving it, with just 70 more pages to go!
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1866 Post by Dawson » 05 Jan 2016, 03:50

Middle wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:Just finished Ready Player One. Very enjoyable. Thank you for the loaner, JJ. Now my daughter wants to read it, too.

Did anybody else here picture Bill in the lead role?
I'm blazing through this. Absolutely loving it, with just 70 more pages to go!
they've got the female lead casting perfect
Spoiler
(Olivia Cooke)
. Now if they can only get Gene Wilder out of retirement...


I need a new book, reduced to reading Jack Reacher books, which are fun, but can read one in a day
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1867 Post by Middle » 05 Jan 2016, 04:05

Dawson wrote:
Middle wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:Just finished Ready Player One. Very enjoyable. Thank you for the loaner, JJ. Now my daughter wants to read it, too.

Did anybody else here picture Bill in the lead role?
I'm blazing through this. Absolutely loving it, with just 70 more pages to go!
they've got the female lead casting perfect
Spoiler
(Olivia Cooke)
. Now if they can only get Gene Wilder out of retirement...


I need a new book, reduced to reading Jack Reacher books, which are fun, but can read one in a day
For some reason I'm picturing Halliday as Crispin Glover.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1868 Post by Middle » 05 Jan 2016, 23:49

Middle wrote:
Dawson wrote:
Middle wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:Just finished Ready Player One. Very enjoyable. Thank you for the loaner, JJ. Now my daughter wants to read it, too.

Did anybody else here picture Bill in the lead role?
I'm blazing through this. Absolutely loving it, with just 70 more pages to go!
they've got the female lead casting perfect
Spoiler
(Olivia Cooke)
. Now if they can only get Gene Wilder out of retirement...


I need a new book, reduced to reading Jack Reacher books, which are fun, but can read one in a day
For some reason I'm picturing Halliday as Crispin Glover.
Finished it yesterday. Simply awesome.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1869 Post by Middle » 07 Jan 2016, 04:53

Dawson wrote:they've got the female lead casting perfect
Spoiler
(Olivia Cooke)
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Really? According to the book, she's 168 lbs and 'rubenesque'. While Olivia Cooke is downright skinny. She does somewhat look the part, though.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1870 Post by Dawson » 07 Jan 2016, 04:57

Middle wrote:
Dawson wrote:they've got the female lead casting perfect
Spoiler
(Olivia Cooke)
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Really? According to the book, she's 168 lbs and 'rubenesque'. While Olivia Cooke is downright skinny. She does somewhat look the part, though.
Was she? I don't remember that at all.

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this is how I always saw her, maybe I missed that bit!
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#1871 Post by Buckykatt » 07 Jan 2016, 05:10

Dawson wrote: I need a new book, reduced to reading Jack Reacher books, which are fun, but can read one in a day
I liked the first couple Reachers I read, but they're SO formulaic and Reacher is such a completely unbelievable character, I had to stop. (of course, you could arguably say that about Lucas Davenport in the Prey books, and I love those) Dawson, what do folks in the UK think about hte Robert Galbraith triology, the adult mystery series by JK Rowling? I just finished the third one and I've really enjoyed them all. They're kind of under the radar here, though--I don't think most americans realize she's written anything for adults (still haven't read Casual Vacancy) but I assume that's different across the pond...?

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#1872 Post by redamin » 07 Jan 2016, 07:18

I could use a recommendation as well... I read most of Clancy's library last year so now Goodreads keeps giving me more Cold War era war novels... which can be decent, but not really amazing. I also went on a bit of a Sci-Fi kick last year and read The Martian and Ready Player One (along with a few other dystopian kind of books like the Wool series). Any recommendations are welcome!

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#1873 Post by Middle » 07 Jan 2016, 07:52

redamin wrote:I also went on a bit of a Sci-Fi kick last year and read The Martian and Ready Player One
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Just read those two back to back. Great combination of a very different (sci-fi) kind.
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#1874 Post by Odd Todd » 07 Jan 2016, 07:57

Middle wrote:
redamin wrote:I also went on a bit of a Sci-Fi kick last year and read The Martian and Ready Player One
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Just read those two back to back. Great combination of a very different (sci-fi) kind.
Funny... those were my last two finished reads as well.
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#1875 Post by Dawson » 07 Jan 2016, 09:15

Odd Todd wrote:
Middle wrote:
redamin wrote:I also went on a bit of a Sci-Fi kick last year and read The Martian and Ready Player One
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Just read those two back to back. Great combination of a very different (sci-fi) kind.
Funny... those were my last two finished reads as well.
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